So, Netflix has patented their business model (as seen on Slashdot). The idea of paying a subscription fee to get movies delivered home is theirs for the moment. I guess they came up with a fairly unique approach, but it just seems weird to patent things like that.
Hmm. I suppose that many public libraries have worked on a similar model in the past. I'm sure many places have had lists where patrons are informed when the book they want has come in. Heck, brick and mortar video rental places do stuff like that. The aspect of home delivery, though...
On one hand, Netflix could use the patent to fend off big competitors like Wal-Mart. On the other hand, small companies that do the same thing might get forced out of the market.
I guess I wish there was a way for patents to stand up for the little guys while holding back the big ones. It just doesn't work that way these days.Posted by mike at June 24, 2003 12:47 PM | Corporations | TrackBack