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Lycos Sues Blockbuster, Netflix and TiVo

15 Jan, 2007 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Lycos Inc. has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Blockbuster Inc., Netflix and TiVo alleging the three companies utilize copyrighted technology developed by the Waltham, Mass.-based search engine.

The suit, filed Jan. 3 in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., seeks to stop the defendants from employing filtering technology that allows users to receive movie and TV programming recommendations.

In addition to a cease and desist from using the patents, the suit seeks unspecified royalties.

Separately, Blockbuster and Netflix remain enmeshed in litigation over claims by Netflix that Blockbuster illegally incorporates patented queuing technology for its consumers' online movie rental preferences.

A Blockbuster spokesperson said the company had not been formally served the complaint and declined comment.

Spokespersons from Netflix and TiVo were not immediately available for comment.

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