It looks Disney is the latest content-providing corporation to come to blows with retail giant Amazon. Amazon is reportedly not selling Blu Rays and DVDs of new Disney releases like Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Muppets Most Wanted thanks to a contract dispute. As the battle lines are drawn, fans are taking sides, some supporting Disney because it owns the intellectual property rights to characters they like reading about, and some backing Amazon because they enjoy the convenience of shopping online with free two day shipping. It's kind of like the main event at Wrestlemania, if both wrestlers were heels and if after the match was over American small businesses and consumers were crushed under the iron jackboot heel of big business.
This isn't the first time Amazon has gone up against a big entertainment corporation. Back in June, Amazon took on Disney rival Warner Bros. over pre-order sales of Warner Blu Rays like The Lego Movie, and they're currently involved in an ongoing war with book publisher Hachette. In the case of Hachette, Amazon wants e-books priced lower so they can undercut their competitors more effectively, but Hachette wants to charge the same price for e-books as they do a print copy despite a huge decrease in cost to make them because fuck you, e-book readers. In the case of Warner and Disney, the entertainment companies want to use pre-orders on Amazon to better predict their revenue for shareholders by convincing consumers to order copies of their movies far in advance, while Amazon, again, wants to be better equipped to sell products at a loss and drive competitors out of business. The Hachette battle in particular is becoming more and more like an internet style slapfight, with both sides urging supporters to email the other's CEO and complain, each setting up a righteously-named advocacy group (Authors United and Readers United, respectively), and Amazon somewhat hilariously misquoting George Orwell.
No word on who will be able to bribe the U.S. Government enough to create legislation that allows them to come out on top in this brouhaha, but maybe Uncle Sam can just tax Americans directly and split the money between all the companies instead, saving us all the trouble, heartache, and solicited emails to 1%ers to troll them on behalf of other 1%ers. Stay tuned to The Outhouse and we'll keep you posted.