Disney has officially been sued for allegedly selling its movies to consumers who use illegal software.
Disney has said it was forced to make the change by a U.S. Justice Department probe.
The company was also ordered to give consumers a refund for $19.9 million.
The lawsuit alleges that Disney made no efforts to warn customers about the potential risks of using the software, which has been dubbed “Disney malware.”
The Justice Department said it is filing a civil complaint against Disney and the companies that manufacture its software.
The Justice Department also said it will file criminal charges against those who are responsible for its spread.
The Justice Ministry said in a statement that the companies responsible for distributing the software are “vulnerable to criminal exploitation, including copyright infringement and cyber-terrorism.”
The company did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.
Disney’s legal team has argued that the software was not installed on its computers, but rather on devices owned by the company.
The complaint says the software has been used in over 50,000 transactions over a period of two years.
The complaint said the software is being distributed by “a handful of cybercriminals, who in turn are operating a botnet of thousands of computers to distribute the software to other botnet users.”ABC News has reached out to the companies and asked for comment on the lawsuit.
Disney said the lawsuit was filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an advocacy group that represents consumer groups.
The group said the complaint was not the first time the company has faced legal action.
In April, the Electronic Privacy Information Center filed a lawsuit in New York state on behalf of a woman who said she was targeted by a Disney malware botnet.
In February, the Justice Department accused a Chinese company of distributing malware through a bot network that targets U.K. citizens.ABC News’ Mike Levine contributed to this report.