Netflix Sues Blockbuster...

...for patent infringement:

The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, focuses largely on the online wish lists that prioritize the DVD desires of about 5.4 million people who subscribe to either Netflix or Blockbuster’s Internet service.

Netflix also believes its patents cover perhaps its most popular feature — the option of renting a DVD for an unlimited time without incurring late fees.

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Netflix contends it first patented the process for managing DVD wish lists — known as queues — in June 2003.

This is patent law at its most ridiculous.

What next?

* Hotmail sues Google for allowing users to compose, send, and receive messages over electronic communication systems.
* Ford sues General Motors for using manufacturing process in which interchangeable parts are added in a sequential manner.
* Instapundit sues various bloggers for using "heh".
* George Lopez sues Carlos Mencia for having a stand-up act that allows white people to guiltlessly laugh at racial jokes delivered by 'Mexican' with wetback persona.
* Jack Nicholson sues Anthony Hopkins for playing crazy guy in movies.
* del.icio.us sues Web 2.0 wannabees for having cutesy-yet-not-catchy names.
* Steven Seagal sues himself for starring in another movie titled with 2-3 word prepositional phrase.
* Chuck Norris sues Jack Bauer for facts.

Any others?

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Starting back in the

Starting back in the day:

Grawp challenges Orgth in Trial of Strength after witnessing Orgth carrying a flaming stick from a lightning strike, violating Grawp's ownership of the idea of... fire.

That claim is pants.

That claim is pants.

Why doesn't Amazon just get

Why doesn't Amazon just get in on the bandwagon and sue both of them for using the wishlist thing that its had for years!

could Al Gore sue them all

could Al Gore sue them all for using the Internet?

What do pants have do with

What do pants have do with this?

Beats me, but if it's good

Beats me, but if it's good enough for a Judge George Caram Steeh, it's good enough for me.

How about Moana Jackson (her

How about Moana Jackson (her real name), singer and songwriter, going on tour to Germany. Her stage name is Moana, and the band is "Moana and the Moa Hunters".

She arrives in Germany and is served with a writ demanding that she change her stage name.

Why?

Because a German company has registered "Moana" as the trade name of its products.

This is true. It happened.

Oh, and by the way the band is well worth a listen or three.