Dominic Patten contributed to this report.
Amazon is bumping chests yet again with a media giant, this time with the House That Mickey Built. At issue are contract terms for some of Disney’s biggest DVD/Blu Ray titles — including Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Maleficent, Muppets Most Wanted and Million Dollar Arm. The titles are finding their way into Amazon competitors such as Best Buy and Target via DVD and Blu-Ray, but they are not being sold on Amazon. Discussions are continuing between Amazon and Disney to resolve the pricing issue.
This comes as an ad signed by more than 900 authors posted an open letter in the form of a two-page ad in Sunday’s edition of the The New York Times protesting Amazon’s treatment of publisher Hachette and writers that Hachette publishes. The publisher also has been locked in a lengthy and loud pricing dispute with the online retailer. The letter says that Amazon has been “directly targeting” Hachette writers with various retaliatory tactics to ratchet up pressure on the publisher.