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Saturday, January 14, 2006

A CONCESSION AND APOLOGY......SORT OF

From the Netflix website:

"With Netflix you can rent as many DVDs as you want from the comfort of your home and have them delivered to your door in about 1 business day! There are no late fees and no due dates"

That changes everything. Netflix subscribers, and their Blockbuster counterparts, pay a monthly fee, and in return they can posses the content of whatever media they have 'signed out' indefinitely.

I knew this. I have used Netflix. I asked the Legal Diva to open an account so I could watch a UFO DVD, which wasn't very good, and after returning the DVD, we cancelled the account. You can find an amazing amount of obscure stuff at Netflix. They are a great service, and I'll probably open an account with them in the future, probably when I find some rare Saxon DVD, which will suck too, worse even probably.

Anyway, I got carried away on Fred's blog, and I wish somebody had simply shut me up straight off by pointing out the open ended nature of the contract that Netflix holds with it's clients.

But I also found this in the Terms Of Use Disclaimer on the Netflix website:

"Content shall not be reproduced or used without express written permission from Netflix, Inc., or its suppliers."

SO, I'M RIGHT!

But I don't feel too bad about what my niece is doing.....I suppose.

Comments:
Netflix rocks. It's my cable. I never watch TV. Just DVDs I get from there.

If I could simple get cable on a per-channel basis, I would. There are maybe 5 channels I want. I'm not paying over $40/month for something I never use. I had and loved DirecTV, but it started mostly because I didn't have to pay for it. My receiver is under my father's business' account, but I can't put up my dish where I live now. Big deal.
 
Netflix is, indeed, the bomb. The only improvement I would suggest to them is that they change they way the deal with multi-disc sets. They should send out multi-disc sets as one item. I've been watching the re-make of Battlestar Galactica and it's really annoying waiting for the next disc to show up.
 
There is nothing open ended here.

It is, simply put, illegal to copy a DVD. It doesn't matter whether it's rented, bought, borrowed, loaned, pilfered, sold, found on the street, or given as a birthday gift.

In fact, making copies of the DVD's you rent from Netflix is even worse than making copies of things you straight up rent, since you can get as many DVDs from Netflix per month as you want.

So it's really taking advantage of the system when you get them, copy them, and move on to the next.
 
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