Librarians Violating Netflix Terms Of Service To Better Serve Patrons

from the gotta-go-with-the-librarians-here... dept

Rose M. Welch was the first of a few of you to send in the news that librarians have realized that Netflix is a great way to expand the catalog of DVDs that can be loaned out, even though it violates Netflix's terms of service. Netflix seems a bit ambivalent about the whole thing, saying that they don't like it, and they would expect librarians would obey the terms of service (which this does not), but that they really don't want to sue libraries -- perhaps recognizing how awful that would look from a PR standpoint. While I applaud Netflix not going straight to the lawyers, is it really that big of a deal that libraries are using Netflix in this manner?
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Filed Under: dvds, libraries, sharing, terms of service
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    khopesh, 24 Sep 2010 @ 1:58pm

    Profit problems

    Netflix is making a profit off of the service, but presumably so too are the libraries (most libraries I've encountered charge a nominal amount of money to borrow a movie). Netflix has a fixed fee for a certain number of concurrently rented movies while libraries charge per movie and have due dates and late fees.

    A properly managed library-owned Netflix account would almost always have its full allotment of movies out on loan. If the loan period is two days for a dollar, that's $15/mo per movie at full capacity, which nets a hefty profit (in terms of a library...) that Netflix undoubtedly wants a larger piece of.

    Simple solution: Netflix should create a service for libraries that splits profits in a more direct (and official) capacity, which should add flexibility into the system and be preferable for all parties involved (possibly excepting the upstream movie distributors).

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