What Does the Recent NAD vs. Netflix Precedent Mean?


A year ago, the National Association of the Deaf, along with other parties, filed a lawsuit against Netflix for refusing to caption their “Watch Instantly” streaming service, denying equal access to deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Soon after NAD filed suit, Netflix attempted to shut down the case by submitting a motion with two main premises. The first premise was that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) does not apply to website-only businesses, and the second premise was that the new 21st Century Video Communications & Accessibility Act (CVAA) covers the Internet, and therefore the ADA does not apply. On June 19, 2012, the judge presiding over the case made a landmark decision, allowing NAD’s lawsuit against Netflix to move forward. Watch NAD CEO Howard Rosenblum as he outlines the details of this victory and what to expect as the case moves forward. The fight is far from over!

Click here to read Judge Ponsor’s decision.

Click here to read the official NAD press release.