In what appears to be both an obvious cash grab and an entirely justified lawsuit, a German design company is now suing the bejesus out Marvel Studios and trying to put a halt to the special edition release of The Avengers Blu-Ray on September 25. Why? Keep reading.
You see, normal folks can shell out about $30 and nab the regular edition of The Avengers disc and leave it at that. However, some superfans may be inclined to buy the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One—Avengers Assembled, a 10 disc collection that houses all of the Marvel Studios films released up to this point inside of a briefcase modeled after the one used by Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury in the Marvel Films. And that’s where Marvel has gotten into trouble.
As it turns out, the briefcase was designed for the Marvel films by a German company called Rimowa GmbH; and, seeing as how the design is owned by Rimowa and that Marvel doesn’t have the rights to replicate and resell said design for profit, Rimowa is now suing Marvel Studios. Rimowa claims Marvel did not obtain any license or authorization from Rimowa to make replica copies of the cases for any purposes.” So, by replicating the cases and selling ‘em off to superfans, Marvel may have made a big boo-boo.
But, as CinemaBlend points out, since we are only a few weeks away from the U.S. release of the set, it’s more than likely that Marvel will simply cut Rimowa in on profit deal rather than mothball what will likely be a very profitable collector’s item, right? We’ll let you know. Legal teams assemble!
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Source: Cinema Blend