Netflix, Warner Bros., Sued In Class Action Lawsuit Over Delayed Movie Window

from the pissing-off-customers-left-and-right dept

Warner Bros. has been busy getting both Netflix and Redbox to agree to delay renting new release DVDs for 28 days, in the misguided belief that this will get more people to buy the DVDs. While Netflix has tried to spin this as benefiting customers it appears plenty of customers see otherwise. Specifically, at least one customer has filed a class action lawsuit against both Warner Bros. and Netflix, alleging that this is restraint of trade and has decreased the value of a Netflix subscription (thanks to Eric for sending this over). It seems unlikely that this lawsuit will get very far, but it certainly suggests that at least some Netflix customers are none too pleased with this move, despite Netflix's claims.

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    R. Miles (profile), 6 Mar 2010 @ 7:40am

    A question for Mike.

    "Just because it's a dumb business move doesn't mean it's illegal."
    I would like to know how the deal forced by Warner Bros. isn't illegal.

    Basically, it comes down to one company telling another it has no right to rent titles the second company legally bought.

    I can't say for sure, but I do believe this action is illegal.

    If the prosecuting attorney does a good job, the case may even point this issue out. It may not win, but maybe there could be a precedent set in which gets others to look into the practices Warner Bros. is doing.

    Because I can assure you it won't be long before Universal and other studios do the same thing. Then what?

    People rent because they don't want to buy. 28 day delay or not, the fact their choice is being removed should be illegal if it isn't.

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