It’s official, Disney is banning movies from the Disney Family Movie Club, a website run by family members that lets family members view and share movies they’ve rented.
According to the Disney Blog, the Disney FMB site will be inaccessible on Sunday, December 1 at 6 p.m.
ET because the site was set up in late 2013 and was created “in collaboration with the members of the Disney Film Group.”
The blog post also says the FMB website will be accessible for up to 10 hours per day from December 8 at 7 p.t. and until December 13 at 10 p.p.m., but only for “family members and members of their immediate family.”
The FMB has become a source of contention for many Disney fans because the family-friendly site allows guests to upload movies they have rented from other sites, including the Disney Movies Anywhere app, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, YouTube, Vimeo and Vudu.
Critics have also pointed out the FMP site is a violation of the DMCA, a copyright law that protects filmmakers, performers and others who make movies, music or other media for entertainment purposes.
A few years ago, the family film club was shut down by Disney, which said it was in response to concerns about its lack of privacy and safety.
In March of this year, Disney’s lawyers sued to shut down the FBM, claiming it violated the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, a federal law designed to protect people from unauthorized copying and distribution of copyrighted material.
The lawsuit also claimed Disney was abusing its legal powers by refusing to grant the FMCA the ability to monitor the FDMCA’s compliance with the law.
In November, Disney filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit and instead of moving forward with the motion, Disney withdrew it.