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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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RE: I hope both go out of business
By robert5c on 4/5/2006 5:11:01 AM , Rating: 0
personaly i think blockbuster sucks...i go to hollywood even though i pay a tad bit more just because i know what i get from hollywood...

at blockbuster they claim no late fees, and then say that if you keep the movie longer then two weeks you'll pay 1.50 in print fees plus they'll automaticaly sell you the movie to your credit card...but they don't tell you straight out.

then if you try to return the movie they sold you, you only have like 30 i belive if not you can't return it...again not something they tell you when they say hey no late fees.

in all blockbuster has cost me more money in two months then i ususaly spend on movie rentals in half a year...and its all because i thought no late fees ment just that, nothin more.


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.


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