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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    RD, 7 Mar 2010 @ 3:16pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    "You may not like it-- and the companies may ultimately regret doing it-- but these DVDs are *their* property and *their* product and they can release them for sale however they like. It's certainly not the proper place of government or the courts to step in and tell them when and how they must sell their movies."

    Completely, utterly and categorically WRONG. First Sale doctrine covers this, and yes, it IS enforcable by the govt. These laws exist to PROTECT consumers FROM the very thing you are suggesting is a company's "right." Its not. Selling a retail product does NOT give you rights thereafter to control what is done with it (outside of things like copyright protection, but thats not the argument here, since they are legally PURCHASING their copies, and not making duplicates).

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