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Netflix believes Blockbuster copied the way it allows customers to rent movies over the Internet

Netflix recently accused Blockbuster Inc. for patent infringement and has asked a federal judge to shut down Blockbuster's online movie rental service, according to reports.  Netflix holds two patents, one of which was issued on Tuesday.  The lawsuit states that Netflix's second patent, issued yesterday, "covers a method for subscription-based online rental that allows subscribers to keep the DVDs they rent for as long as they wish without incurring any late fees, to obtain new DVDs without incurring additional charges and to prioritize and reprioritize their own personal dynamic queue--of DVDs to be rented," the lawsuit claims.

Netflix sends out enough DVDs that it is one of the U.S. Postal Service's highest volume customers.  Netflix has also had a very strong impact on the way Blockbuster operates:  The movie rental chain store decided to drop late fees last year for all tardy rentals.

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I hope both go out of business
By Nocturnal on 4/5/2006 3:57:15 AM , Rating: 0
Both of them throttle rentals. I hope both of them eventually go out of business.

By jtesoro on 4/5/2006 4:52:53 AM , Rating: 2
Take it easy man. I think we'd all prefer that they continue to do business, but in a more customer-friendly way. :)

RE: I hope both go out of business
By robert5c on 4/5/06, Rating: 0
RE: I hope both go out of business
By Cygni on 4/5/2006 5:41:20 AM , Rating: 2
RTFA, smart guy. We are talking Blockbuster ONLINE not Blockbuster's brick and mortar stores.

RE: I hope both go out of business
By davegraham on 4/5/2006 9:40:17 AM , Rating: 3
i think people should stop pirating DVDs when using both services. can't have your cake and eat it too.

By SunAngel on 4/5/2006 3:18:34 PM , Rating: 2
DUDE!!! My thoughts exactly. But guess what? We are the minority. They are the majority. And in America who suffers? You got.

By Xenoterranos on 4/5/2006 10:11:25 AM , Rating: 1
Yes, I hate taking a crap. I hope my ass eventually dries up and rots.

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