A federal judge has delivered another blow to a company fighting for the right to show Disney movie trailers online. In an opinion dated Aug. 7 but released this week, U.S. District Judge Jerome B. Simandle said copying and digitizing the movie trailers constituted copyright infringement. He ordered Video Pipeline to return original copies of the disputed trailers to Disney unit Buena Vista Home Entertainment.
Buena Vista Home Entertainmentagainst Video Pipeline two years ago, and last year it that prohibits the company from distributing its trailers. Video Pipeline President Jed Horvitz said he was disappointed by the ruling and was considering an appeal.