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Redbox Keeps Uni Titles in Stock, Despite Lawsuit

23 Dec, 2008 By: Chris Tribbey

Redbox continues to stock Universal Studios Home Entertainment’s new releases, announcing Dec. 23 that more than 100,000 copies of Mamma Mia! The Movie and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor were in place.

Redbox is using different outlets to acquire Universal titles, instead of its normal distributors Ingram and VPD. The studio’s proposed revenue-sharing terms, which prompted Redbox to file a lawsuit against the studio, threaten to terminate agreements with the distributors if they continue to supply Redbox with Universal DVDs.

Redbox contends that the new terms violate antitrust laws and misuse copyrights by prohibiting the kiosk operator from renting Universal DVDs for 45 days after the street date and limiting the number of Universal DVDs Redbox can carry.

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