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Censorship on "Game of Thrones": Streaming provider cuts out sex and violence

"Game of Thrones" continues to sit on the Iron Throne in the series Olympus. Season 7 of the popular fantasy series will soon be launched, which regularly causes a sensation, especially with its mix of violence and sex. However, a streaming provider has made it its business to censor precisely these scenes - and is therefore in massive legal difficulties.

Any “Game of Thrones” fan would be reluctant to miss out on the brutal, frivolous and lewd moments of the global phenomenon. After all, the drama series thrives on portraying his diverse power struggles in a rousing way with these drastic means.

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Anyone who still wants to censor “Game of Thrones” can now do so with the streaming provider VidAngel. The service enables its paying customers to filter series and films with individual settings, which is why swear words, sex scenes or bloody moments are cut out. However, this is precisely why VidAngel has legal problems.

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Although the streaming provider only started offering HBO, Netflix and Amazon Prime on June 13, 2017, films have been offered there in a castrated version since 2014. As a result, on June 12, 2016, several production companies including 20th Century Fox, Disney, and Warner Bros. filed lawsuits against VidAngel for copyright infringement.

In January 2017, the provider was found guilty in the first instance and fined $ 10 million, but VidAngel has appealed. Those responsible justify their censorship with the fact that their customers purchase a digital copy and VidAngel only charges a fee for the filter function. Additionally, they refer to the Family Home Movie Act of 2005 to justify the censorship and not to qualify as copyright infringement.

So how the dispute ends remains to be seen, but certainly no “Game of Thrones” fan will want the series to be censored, because otherwise important aspects of it would be lost.