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ClearPlay CEO opens up about Sony's 'clean' releases, VidAngel's new service
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ClearPlay CEO Matt Jarmon said his company should have nothing to do with the ongoing legal battle between VidAngel and Hollywood studios. - photo by Herb Scribner
ClearPlay CEO Matt Jarman has taken notice of all the recent clean filtering news, and hes quite happy with it.

Jarman, whose company recently launched a new tool that helps filter Amazon films and TV shows, said hes excited to see other companies take a stand in support of filtering.

One such example is Sony, which announced earlier this month that it would release clean versions of its films. Sonys decision was met some criticisms from directors.

Now, Sony plans not to release edited movies if directors disapprove, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

But Jarman supports Sonys method of filtering.

We applaud them for providing this option, Jarman said.

Jarman also took notice of VidAngels new service as well, which allows users to filter content on Netflix, Amazon and HBO (through an Amazon Prime membership).

VidAngels service, which is available now on the companys website, asks subscribers to log into their accounts beforehand. Through the VidAngel service (which costs $7.99 per month with the first 30 days free), subscribers will have a chance to watch filtered content.

Four Hollywood studios previously sued VidAngel over copyright laws, since the company would edit and filter without owning the rights to those products.

Jarman said the service shouldnt be a problem if theyre not violating copyright law.

If VidAngels new service continues to violate any aspect of copyright law then they will probably continue to have legal issues, he said.

Jarman, who previously said he doesnt want his company associated with the VidAngel lawsuit, told the Deseret News that he supports the idea of filtering.

But he doesnt endorse VidAngels service yet. Netflix also announced this week that it has not endorsed VidAngels new service.

I definitely endorse filtering! he said. I couldn't endorse their first method of distributing content, and I can't endorse the second method without understanding more legal details of what they are doing.

Still, Jarman said theres a much-needed place for filtering in American culture.

Culturally, it puts parents front and center in managing what content enters our homes, he said in an email to the Deseret News. For my wife and I, as parents of a large family we are constantly trying to improve our parenting in this digital world.
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