DOJ sues Hollywood over Netflix streaming content
A federal court in California has issued a preliminary injunction barring the production of movies and television shows from streaming services like Netflix and Amazon in retaliation for the production company’s decision to stop distributing its films and TV shows.
U.S. District Judge William Alsup on Monday blocked the motion for the injunction, which is aimed at preventing the distribution of the Netflix films “Narcos,” “The Omen” and “Tomb Raider.”
Netflix is in the midst of renegotiating its licensing agreements with studios and studios are expected to sign a new pact with Netflix, which would allow them to stream movies and TV series in certain territories, including the U.S., in the future.
Alsup said Netflix has a “robust case” to sue because the studio is “unwilling to work with the studios to obtain a better deal.”
He added that Netflix has been the subject of a “substantial amount of public complaints” in recent years, including those from a group of students from New York University who allege that they were unable to watch the Netflix movies and shows.