You Should Still Buy Blu-Rays and DVDs, Here’s Why
Danny Chadwick @jdannychadwick
Nov 23, 2022, 10:18 am EST
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You Don’t Own Digital Content, Even if You “Buy” It
The digital movies you buy on VUDU, iTunes, or Amazon are subject to the same nonsense as streaming media. When you buy a digital copy of a movie, you don’t really own it. You’ve simply purchased a license to play a movie or show through a platform, whether it be Amazon, Apple, Google, or whoever. And if those platforms ever lose the right to provide the titles you’ve bought, they’ll disappear from your library. Maybe you’ll be notified, maybe not.
It may seem unbelievable for such prominent companies to lose distribution rights, but it happens. And in the coming years, it could happen more. Amazon can’t come into your home and snatch your copy of The Dark Knight from your shelf because they had a licensing dispute with Warner Brothers.
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Much like “not your key; not your coin, so to you don’t own “digital content”.
I have a ton of self-help cassette tapes (I still need a lot of help), that the publisher would be happy to sell me another copy on a CD. But I already paid for a copy. But it’s NOT “mine”. Argh!
My SO feels the same way about “her” music on iTunes. (I still haven’t figured out how to recover her account.)
Seems like NFTs could be a “solution” to this problem. I buy an NFT of a book and I get to treat it as mine … FOREVER.