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Coming Soon to a Theater Near You: New DOJ Closed-Captioning Rules

The price of movie tickets could be going up soon.  Under new proposed regulations issued by the Department of Justice, movie theaters with digital screens would be required to show  films with options for closed captioning (for hearing impaired patrons) and audio descriptions (for visually impaired patrons).  Movie theaters would not be required to create their own captioning or assistive aids.  Rather, when a movie is available for distribution with closed captioning and audio description, the theater must purchase the version containing these accommodations.  In some circumstances, a theater may show films without these accommodations if a compliant version is …

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Netflix Settles Massachusetts ADA Lawsuit: What It Means for Online Businesses

If you follow this blog you know that we’ve spent a fair amount of ink covering the recent ADA lawsuits brought against Netflix.  These cases (one brought in Massachusetts federal court and another in California federal court) allege that the company violated the ADA by failing to offer “closed captioning” options for all its Internet streamed movies.  The results have been a split decision for Netflix.  The Massachusetts court held (without deciding liability) that Netflix Internet-streamed movies constituted a public accommodation that must comply with the requirements of the ADA.  The California court reached the opposite conclusion and dismissed that …

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Netflix Part Deux: California Federal Court Rules that Netflix is Not a Public Accommodation

Recently I wrote about a decision from the federal district court in Massachusetts which held that the ADA applied to Netflix’s Internet-streamed movies. That decision (which is now subject to a petition for appeal) would have required the company to ensure that all of its “on demand” movies had closed captioning to accommodate customers with hearing-related disabilities. Recently, another federal court—this time in California—ruled in favor of Netflix dismissing a claim that the company violated the ADA by failing to provide closed captioning for every movie in its “streaming video library.” Unlike the District of Massachusetts, which held that the ADA’s …

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Federal Court Holds ADA Applies to Netflix’s Internet-Streamed Movies

On June 19, 2012, the federal District Court of Massachusetts became the first federal court to hold that the Americans with Disabilities Act’s (ADA) accessibility requirements apply to website-only businesses.  The National Association of the Deaf filed this lawsuit claiming that Netflix violated the ADA by failing to offer closed captioning for all of its Internet streamed movies.  The company filed a motion seeking judgment on this claim, arguing that the ADA’s requirements for “public accommodations” apply only to physical structures.  Rejecting this argument and allowing the claim to move forward, the Court held that limiting the ADA’s reach to …

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