April 10, 2018
The Walt Disney Co. and subsidiaries Lucasfilm and Marvel Studios have filed an amended complaint against Redbox, claiming the kiosk vendor infringes copyright law by selling digital codes to its movies.
The complaint, filed April 9 in U.S. District in Los Angeles, alleges Redbox continues to sell separately digital codes included in Disney movie “combo packs,” featuring the DVD, Blu-ray and/or 4K/UHD disc to a particular title.
Disney claims Redbox sells the codes without authorization and in violation of applicable license agreements included in writing with every packaged media release.
“Redbox will continue to knowingly and materially contribute to the infringement of the copyrighted works unless and until ordered to stop doing so,” read the complaint.
The media company last November filed suit against Redbox, seeking to prohibit it from selling codes to titles such as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Moana at a discount to what digital copies sell for on Amazon or iTunes.
A planned hearing scheduled last month on a motion by Redbox to dismiss the lawsuit was postponed.
Disney contends Redbox sells codes to the following titles: Coco (2017), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017), Beauty and the Beast (2017), Finding Dory (2016), The Jungle Book (2016), Moana (2016), and Inside Out (2015).
Lucasfilm titles include Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017), Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), and Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015).
Marvel copyrights include Doctor Strange (2017), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), Thor: Ragnarok (2017), and Iron Man 3 (2013).
More importantly, Marvel’s Black Panther, the top box office movie of the year, is slated to release into retail channels shortly.
Disney now wants to jumpstart legal proceedings.
“The obvious consequence of Redbox undercutting of licensee prices is that licensees will likely sell fewer digital downloads of Disney movies and Disney will earn less revenue,” Janice Marinelli, president of Disney/ABC Home Entertainment, said in the compliant.
A Redbox representative was not immediately available for comment.