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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    nasch (profile), 8 Mar 2010 @ 8:57am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: A question for Mike.

    All the videos you buy retail in Australia have notices at the beginning that state it cannot be rented out or shown in public (or something to that effect).

    Just because they say that doesn't mean copyright law actually allows it. Media companies are really fond of claiming rights they don't actually have. With that said, I am not at all familiar with Australian copyright law, and it's possible they can legally claim the right you mention. In the US, that claim would be false.

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