Netflix Wants to Stop Blockbuster Online Rentals
April 5, 2006 3:35 AM
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Netflix believes Blockbuster copied the way it allows customers to rent movies over the Internet
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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4/5/2006 7:51:18 AM
All software patents need to be thrown out of court. It is not something that should be patentable.
RE: Software patents
4/5/2006 8:47:26 AM
This sounds like a business process patent, which are probably even more evil than software patents.
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