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Court: Redbox can sue Universal


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#1 OFFLINE   SayWhat?

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Posted 18 August 2009 - 05:05 AM

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Court: Redbox can sue Universal


Published: Aug. 17, 2009 at 11:47 PM


OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill., Aug. 17 (UPI) -- The U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware has denied Universal Studios Home Entertainment's motion to dismiss an antitrust lawsuit filed by Redbox.

"The Federal Court's decision marks an important step forward in our effort to protect consumers' right to convenient, affordable access to new release DVDs at Redbox locations nationwide," Mitch Lowe, president of Redbox, said in a statement. "We appreciate the court's thoughtful review of this issue and look forward to pursuing our claim and protecting our consumers' rights."

Redbox Automated Retail LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Coinstar Inc., offers new release DVDs through its network of self-service kiosks in more than 15,000 U.S. locations.


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#2 OFFLINE   SayWhat?

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Posted 18 August 2009 - 05:07 AM

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Redbox sues Fox over DVD restrictions


Published: Aug. 12, 2009 at 5:33 PM

OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill., Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Kiosk operator Redbox sued 20th Century Fox, challenging the Century City, Calif., studio's new rule that Redbox wait 30 days after Fox DVDs are released.

The suit was filed Tuesday after Fox announced terms of its new distribution terms and directed wholesalers not to sell new release titles to vending operators until 30 days after street date, beginning with the fall release of its "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs," Variety reported Wednesday.

"Redbox's cornerstone principles include providing customers with a convenient way to rent new-release DVDs at an affordable price," Redbox President Mitch Lowe said in a statement. "At the expense of consumers, 20th Century Fox is attempting to prohibit timely consumer access to its new release DVDs at Redbox retail locations nationwide."

Despite Fox's directive, "Redbox will continue to provide our consumers access to all major new releases including 20th Century Fox titles ...," Lowe said.

Redbox, based in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., filed a similar lawsuit against Universal Studios Home Entertainment in October after the studio tried to create a "vending rental window" 45 days after a DVDs street date. A decision is pending.

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Posted 18 August 2009 - 08:44 AM

I'm no lawyer but it seems fair to take this to court. Universal and other studios seek to withhold sales from Redbox simply because they're doing such a good job at renting. To my knowledge they're not taking such actions against any other operators. This seems more punitive than anything else.
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