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Netflix Sues Blockbuster For Infringement

The long-smoldering controversy over business methods patents may flare up again, now that Netflix Inc., is making headlines by suing its movie rental competitor Blockbuster Inc.

Netflix, the king of online movie rentals, claims that copied Netflix's methods, including the online queue that subscribers use to prioritize films they want to rent, a no-late-fees policy and the practice of allowing customers to get a new DVD as soon as they return one.

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