European film magazine Cinema has taken out an injunction to prevent German mini-studio Kinowelt distributing its new monthly publication, kinowelt.de, with a free DVD.
The print and online title was launched with a giveaway of Francis Ford Coppola's The Rainmaker, which Cinema claimed was anti-competitive. The injunction has also prevented the next issue of the magazine from carrying a free DVD of Halloween 2000.
Kinowelt.de said in a statement: "There are attempts with legal means to stop the sale of the magazine kinowelt.de with a DVD at the announced price and to move the struggle from the market to the courts."
"In order to prevent further uncertainty and avoid possible damage to our title, we have stopped the planned campaigns for attracting subscribers and [selling] DVD players," the release stated.
The magazine's associated internet portal aims to offer an online cinema ticket sales service in conjunction with Tickets/S, which is 50% owned by Kinowelt, and internet games such as "Stars on the Stock Exchange" planned for next February.