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Amazon stops some Disney movie preorders: Wall Street Journal

Published on Aug 10, 2014 11:49 PM
Cast members of Disney's Maleficent (from left) Juno Temple, Lesley Manville, Angelina Jolie, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning and Sam Riley at the movie's world premiere in May 2014 in California. The title is among a number of Disney movies said to be unavailable for order on Amazon.com on Sunday, according to the Wall Street Journal, in what appears to be another contract dispute. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Amazon.com has halted pre-orders of some Disney movies, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, in what appears to be another contract dispute after the online giant began a protracted spat with publisher Hachette Book Group this year.

Physical copies of titles such as Maleficent and Captain America: The Winter Soldier were unavailable for order on Amazon.com on Sunday. Digital copies of some of the movies in question were still available for pre-order.

Amazon.com did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the report. A Disney spokesman had no comment.

Amazon has been waging a battle against Hachette, the fourth-largest US book publisher, over the price the online retailer can charge for e-books. Hachette is owned by France's Lagardere.

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