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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: So Lame
By SSNYT on 4/5/2006 1:34:46 PM , Rating: 2
true, BB sends movies out quickly. the prob though is that they never have a lot of new releases. i am always waiting for my newly released movies, whereas with netflix i get the new releases faster. BB sucks imo. they are the huge bully that is finally getting what they deserve from the little guy.

RE: So Lame
By Milliamp on 4/5/2006 5:08:49 PM , Rating: 2
I agree with you there. I was a BB customer for ~10 years. I always pay my late fees when I go back to rent, not when I return movies.

One time I didn't rent a movie for a month or so so they sent me to a collection agancy over $8.

I was with them for a few more years, but I took the first chance out I could find. For me that was Netflix.

Cry me a river BB.

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