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CatchPlay obtains injunction against MDC to halt three films' distribution

Local film distributor CatchPlay (威望國際) yesterday obtained a provisional injunction from the Intellectual Property Court (智慧財產法院) against Media Development Corp. (MDC, 媒體發展公司), preventing the latter from distributing the films "Dredd" (超時空戰警3D), "Looper" (迴路殺手) and "Lawless" (野蠻正義) in Taiwan.

CatchPlay previously secured the rights to distribute these films in Taiwan from Studio Solutions Group (SSG).

SSG, however, later claimed that CatchPlay was in breach of contract, and the distribution rights of the films were relicensed to MDC, which was founded by Wayne Chang (張心望) after he left CatchPlay as general manager.

According to the Intellectual Property Court's statement, the injunction request was approved because CatchPlay was found likely win its case against MDC, and given the interests involved, an injunction order was necessary.

CatchPlay previously obtained a preliminary injunction against SSG from a U.S. federal court. SSG was prevented from negating its contract with CatchPlay, allowing the latter to release 950 films in Taiwan, the distribution rights of which were purchased from SSG.

CatchPlay said in a statement that it is confident it will win its lawsuits against SSG and MDC, and that if MDC "manipulates the judicial system" and distributes any of the three films in question a heavier penalty will be levied.

According to local reports, Chang said that he will not exclude the possibility of working with CatchPlay in the future.

In response, CatchPlay said: "We and our affiliated companies value integrity highly; therefore, we will not work with any firm, whether foreign or local, that infringes upon our rights."

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