You Don't Own What You 'Bought': Disney And Amazon Play The Role Of The Grinch In Taking Back Purchased Film

from the ownership...-wazzat? dept

We've discussed many times before how, in the digital age, you no longer really seem to own what you've "bought." Instead, you're getting a temporary license, and at times that means that the copyright holder and partners can remove it. In a story making the rounds this week, it appears that Amazon pulled the film Prep and Landing 2 just in time for Christmas! The issue came up when Bill Jackson settled down to watch the video -- which he "bought" last year -- with his two kids, aged two and eight. It didn't work and he contacted Amazon to find out what was up. Despite the fact that when he paid the $3, he was told it was to allow him to "watch and re-watch as often as you like" Amazon told him that Disney had asked them to pull it, and they did so:
Amazon has explained to me that Disney can pull their content at any time and 'at this time they've pulled that show for exclusivity on their own channel.' In other words, Amazon sold me a Christmas special my kids can't watch during the run up to Christmas. It'll be available in July though!"
Amazon did give him a $25 credit as an apology, and then when the story started making news, Amazon changed its story claiming it was something else:
Amazon blamed the removal on "a temporary issue with some of our catalog data" which it says has been fixed, adding that "customers should never lose access to their Amazon Instant Video purchases."
"Should" never lose access is quite different from "will" never lose access. Just the fact that Amazon has the power to take back what you've bought should be a pretty big concern for those who think that they're actually buying what they've been told. As some have noted, Amazon's terms of service appear to give it the right to do exactly what the original version described:
Availability of Purchased Digital Content. Purchased Digital Content will generally continue to be available to you for download or streaming from the Service, as applicable, but may become unavailable due to potential content provider licensing restrictions and for other reasons, and Amazon will not be liable to you if Purchased Digital Content becomes unavailable for further download or streaming.
While it is true that buyers can download copies and this only impacted the streaming versions, it still seems rather troubling that people who thought they were buying something found out that they weren't. This is one of the many reasons why people are so concerned about these kinds of offerings. They know that you're no longer really "buying" anything, but getting a (very) limited license.


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    Rikuo (profile), Dec 17th, 2013 @ 1:32am

    Contrast this with a service like Steam. While Steam does have problems, I remember back when they initially pulled Crysis 2 in 2011, those who had already paid for the game were still able to download it and play it just fine.

     

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    Rabbit80 (profile), Dec 17th, 2013 @ 5:35am

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    Indeed.. I have a couple of hundred games on Steam now and their service has generally been exemplary. I can still download, access and play games that I purchased in 2004.

     

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    Ninja (profile), Dec 17th, 2013 @ 5:37am

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    Precisely. The only issue I have with Steam is that I can't download an installer that I can keep in case the company goes boom. Other than that they are somewhat fine (I still disagree with DRM regardless of it being soft and non-intrusive).

     

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    BentFranklin (profile), Dec 17th, 2013 @ 5:50am

    Dumbass makes exception "for the kids", trusts the cloud, gets burned. That's how they get you - through your kids.

    http://www.cartoonistgroup.com/properties/ninasadventures/art_images/2-00Talkivist.jpg

     

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    Jay (profile), Dec 17th, 2013 @ 7:19am

    In other words...

    On a side note, piracy has increased 20% as corporations prove that you have no right to enjoy films and movies without a hassle.

     

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    techflaws (profile), Dec 17th, 2013 @ 7:31am

    What really baffles me is that Disney somehow seems to think that anyone would care about 'exclusivity'. And why would anyone actually pay again for something they already paid for?

     

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    Ninja (profile), Dec 17th, 2013 @ 7:32am

    This is one of the reasons (along with pricing) why I don't buy digital stuff with very few exceptions. Even the downloaded stuff have DRM that will interfere on how you can use it and where. DRM free content on the other hand? I spent $60 in the last month alone with such content.

     

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    Ninja (profile), Dec 17th, 2013 @ 7:34am

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    They don't. They just download it free of drm and artificial restrictions.

     

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    out_of_the_blue, Dec 17th, 2013 @ 7:39am

    So don't deal with Amazon. Problem solved.

    And HEED this: "you're getting a temporary license," You do NOT own digital content, kids. Sheesh. How long will it be before you learn that? A digital copy IS, as you kids use when suits you, nothing but a few magnetic domains, so you get NOTHING when pay out money EXCEPT license to have those magnetic domains streamed. Having paid for nothing, you have nothing to complain of when lose that ability for any reason, including mega-corporation Amazon taking it away.

    This is how teh internets works, kids. It's a NEW corporatized world where YOU own nothing, and have NO rights, you're a mere "natural" person. -- And as you in your stoopid millions keep giving money to those who've taken your rights, all I can write is just: BOOHOO.

    Think the Internet means more competition? Take a look at the graph here: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/08/30/amazon_dot_com_holds_ludicrous_lead_in_online_retail_sales/

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 17th, 2013 @ 7:39am

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    The only issue I had with Steam is when the game is produced by someone else and has additional DRM. Didn't know one game was by Ubisoft. Bought it on sale on Steam but the Ubisoft DRM didn't let me play it for two weeks. Ubisoft only cemented the reason why I don't buy from Ubisoft.

     

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    Pragmatic, Dec 17th, 2013 @ 7:42am

    Re: So don't deal with Amazon. Problem solved.

    Ah, the everyday good of copyright, as explained by the redoubtable Out_of_the_Blue. Thank you for explaining it to us.

    Now go away.

     

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    Prashanth (profile), Dec 17th, 2013 @ 7:49am

    Disney as Grinch

    Good luck getting Disney to recognize the error of its ways and return these stolen products back to its customers.

     

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    ethorad (profile), Dec 17th, 2013 @ 7:56am

    Re: So don't deal with Amazon. Problem solved.

    Agreed, having paid for a temporary licence you shouldn't complain when it's revoked.

    The problem is most people don't realise that they've only bought a temporary licence.

    Partly because they're used to buying physical goods and partly because the online provider makes statements such as "watch and re-watch as often as you like" rather than "watch and re-watch as often as we like".

    I'd like a magnetic domain though, where can I get one?

     

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    silverscarcat (profile), Dec 17th, 2013 @ 7:56am

    Re: So don't deal with Amazon. Problem solved.

    Why do you think piracy continues to exist?

    So long as Copyright continues to be abused like what Disney, Apple, Amazon, etc., do, the more people will pirate OUT OF SPITE just so they can control what they purchased.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 17th, 2013 @ 8:00am

    Well, at least he got his money back. I was one of the happy Slum Dog Millionaire purchasers: http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20121017/16282620737/studio-to-amazon-instant-video-customer-thanks -enjoy-your-blank-screen.shtml

    IMHO, if a company does this, it should void all distribution rights and allow people to freely download the titles without recourse. In other words, you should be pirated... Argg!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 17th, 2013 @ 8:00am

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    So why would I want to pay for content legally, when any attempt to legally use the content gets rewarded with a "because fuck you, that's why"?

    out_of_the_blue just hates it when due process is enforced.

     

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    KoD, Dec 17th, 2013 @ 8:03am

    And the moral of the story is...

    If for some bizarre reason you MUST watch Disney films/movies, torrent it and never worry about the Nazis of childhood stealing it back from you.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 17th, 2013 @ 8:06am

    and the other problem is, what else does this sort of action apply to? is there anything else that a person can pay for, ie, buy, only to be told later that the item hasn't really been bought, it has just been 'licensed for viewing/access as long as no one involved in the copyright industry decides to take it away. you buy something, you hand over money and in return you should get the item you paid for. if you dont, it's surely either fraud or at least taking money under false pretenses, isn't it?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 17th, 2013 @ 8:07am

    Re: So don't deal with Amazon. Problem solved.

    "So don't deal with Amazon."

    What's that? Are you suggesting it's possible to simply choose not to use the services of a company you don't trust?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 17th, 2013 @ 8:08am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Was it Settlers of Catan or Assassin's Creed?

     

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    Geno0wl (profile), Dec 17th, 2013 @ 8:19am

    And my friends call me crazy

    I personally buy all my own physical media then rip those to a 6TB RAID5 NAS I have on my home network.
    My friends say that in this day of streaming media what do I need my own personal collection for?
    I told them a couple years ago this would start to happen, and verily different studios have started to pull their content off of Hulu/Netflix/Amazon in favor of their own crappy inconsistent services.
    You will only see the streaming market become more fragmented as time goes on.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 17th, 2013 @ 8:22am

    Not that I am a fan of lawsuits

    ... but I wouldn't complain too much if someone tried suing them for having a 'Buy Now' button when you aren't actually buying anything.

    I wonder if people would change their habits at all if it said, 'License Now' or 'Rent now'

    I get mad enough when Netflix pulls a movie my kids love to watch, but I understand that is how it works - I am paying for a service.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 17th, 2013 @ 8:24am

    "Amazon did give him a $25 credit as an apology"...

    While the situation is horrible and Disney is likely the driving force behind the pull (anyone surprised?!), at least Amazon showed some decent customer service and apologized giving the man almost 10 times what he paid for the film.

    Assuming pulling the movie was out of their control, I feel like this was actually a decent move.

    Still, pulling something that has been paid for is closer to theft than piracy is. I can understand pulling it off the shelfs (not from a business perspective, but an ethical one) to force people to view it from your channel, but pulling it from customers is wrong.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 17th, 2013 @ 8:27am

    You'd think the entertainment industry would know how to please customers better than anyone else...

    ...but they go and do stuff like this and shock/please no one and piss off happy customers.



    It's like they think they make the biggest profits when they just barely piss off all their customers.

     

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    ken (profile), Dec 17th, 2013 @ 8:28am

    Disney undermining digital distribution

    Is Disney purposefully trying to destroy digital distribution? This severely undermines digital distribution if people cannot be confident they will have access to the movies they buy.

    It looks like a class-action lawsuit is in order here.

     

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    ken (profile), Dec 17th, 2013 @ 8:32am

    This is double theft

    This is actually double theft. Something you bought is taken away from you. Unlike what they call theft where nothing is taken away from them.

    Not only is the customer out the money but also use of the product they bought.

     

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    Wes, Dec 17th, 2013 @ 8:41am

    Re: So don't deal with Amazon. Problem solved.

    Dear NSA,
    I've been extremely unhappy with your service. Please disable my account and destroy any of my personal data in your custody.

    Dear IRS,
    All is over between us. Do not attempt to contact me.

     

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    mr. sim (profile), Dec 17th, 2013 @ 8:45am

    this is exactly why my friends jokingly calling me a troglodyte. i refuse to buy anything digital and when they ask me why i buy a physical copy of something. i tell them because i have legal rights to prevent the arse who distributes it from taking it from me and keeping my money.
    if i buy a comic or dvd physically, i have rights, if digital it's a theft waiting to happen.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 17th, 2013 @ 8:46am

    Re: So don't deal with Amazon. Problem solved.

    "So don't deal with Amazon. Problem solved." and "Sheesh. How long will it be before you learn that?"

    Yet every time someone says that to you about Google, you freak out like they're crazy.

    OOTB can't even keep his own arguments straight.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 17th, 2013 @ 8:47am

    I was given dumbo boxer shorts last year for Christmas ..and the DRM only allows me to wear them 2x a year

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 17th, 2013 @ 8:50am

    I tried doing this with a used car I sold and it landed me in prison.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 17th, 2013 @ 8:52am

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    Indeed, I only ever buy DVD copies of movies, never online copies that can be taken away at any time.

    I also don't watch movies in the theater for similar reasons, I pay to watch it once, instead of being able to watch it again years later if I want to.

    What's most ironic about the pricing scheme is that Hollywood loses out on money from me, because I often get DVD copies of movies as gifts around Christmas or my birthday after it's been out for months or a year.

    For example, on my gift list this year is a DVD of The Hunger Games, which on Amazon is 50% off since it's been out for almost a year. I'd have put Catching Fire on my gift list to, which undoubtedly would have been full price this close to the release, but it's not available on DVD. So I'll probably get it for Christmas next year, at half off again, losing Hollywood more money.

     

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    techflaws (profile), Dec 17th, 2013 @ 9:03am

    Re: So don't deal with Amazon. Problem solved.

    Hey, ankle-biter #1,

    why don't you complain about Disney actually stealing from people? After all, people that paid for it cant's access it any more.

     

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    techflaws (profile), Dec 17th, 2013 @ 9:05am

    Re: Re: So don't deal with Amazon. Problem solved.

    Just copy and paste it every time he goes on his usual Google rants. People already constantly post about his aversion towards due process. Sooner or later every comment will point out the obvious contraditions of his BS.

     

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    techflaws (profile), Dec 17th, 2013 @ 9:07am

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    Of course! That's why this strikes me as completely inane.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 17th, 2013 @ 9:15am

    Re: Re: So don't deal with Amazon. Problem solved.

    Actually, it sounds more like false advertising to me.

     

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    Nick (profile), Dec 17th, 2013 @ 9:16am

    Re: So don't deal with Amazon. Problem solved.

    Actually, I'm with OOTB on this one. I know, I know, VERY odd. But, if we don't like this, we need to not support it. If we keep buying digital goods because it's the ONLY choice, we are reinforcing the companys' decisions to screw us over this way.

    Until we can get the content that we pay for guaranteed access to forever from the very beginning of a transaction, we shouldn't ask for anything less.

    The problem is that OOTB is being rude as always and not being sympathetic to this. The ability for Amazon to revoke licenses IS in the terms, but as always nobody reads them (and they shouldn't HAVE to). But now that we know, everyone should stop buying, and let Amazon and the content publishers watch as their sales in this format drop to nothing.

    It worked for iTunes and other music distribution options. When you can buy a song that CAN be downloaded at will and has no DRM, yes it can lead to piracy. But people accepted nothing less and we got DRM-free MP3s. The files could be copied and pirated, but guess what? People still bought them. It wasn't the end of the world.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 17th, 2013 @ 9:25am

    Re: And my friends call me crazy

    My opinion is that you'll see it migrate. From hulu/netflix/etc to The Pirate Bay.

     

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    jupiterkansas (profile), Dec 17th, 2013 @ 9:39am

    Re: Re: Re: So don't deal with Amazon. Problem solved.

    Better still, don't reply to him at all. I'm sick of it.

     

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    ShivaFang (profile), Dec 17th, 2013 @ 9:42am

    GG Disney

    This is exactly the type of thing that turns otherwise paying customers into pirates. The logic goes something like this;

    1) WTF? I can't watch the content that I paid to watch??
    2) Hrm... I've heard that you can download stuff online - I've paid for this, and I really want to watch it.. so maybe it's justified for me to try it - just this once.
    3) Wow - downloading content was a lot quicker and easier than I thought it would be - and there's fewer digital rights crap stuff I have to jump through. It's both free _and_ I get better service, maybe I'll just do this from now on.

     

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    beltorak (profile), Dec 17th, 2013 @ 9:55am

    Re:

    sure, a lot of sane people who think for themselves about most things in their lives don't care about exclusivity. we've heard about this story, and some people got burned by amazon on this, but disney is going to be advertising to millions of people "we have lots of your favorite holiday movies and no one else does!" who don't know about this. This drives some additional sales which disney can predict with marketing and advertising research which leads to much more money (not just in subscriptions but in selling more eyeballs to advertisers) than would be lost from few thousand pissed off people who swear off disney.

     

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    TKnarr (profile), Dec 17th, 2013 @ 10:02am

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    That works the first time. But what happens the next time, when Disney pulls content out from under those new people? And what happens the first time they talk to one of their friends who got caught before and hears "Oh yeah, didn't you know about that already?"? The only thing that makes people madder than being scammed like this is finding out that the scam artist is well-known and everyone else knows to avoid him. This is one of those things that sounds like a good idea short-term but will blow up in your face long-term.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 17th, 2013 @ 10:05am

    Re: Re: So don't deal with Amazon. Problem solved.

    Disney helps pay his wages......

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), Dec 17th, 2013 @ 10:12am

    The worst thing about this

    A bad thing about this is that it indicates that companies (such as Disney) really don't understand the internet at all -- they're thinking of it as something like cable TV and are treating it that way. In other words, it makes perfect sense to Disney to pull content, since it's no different to them as deciding not to use a particular cable channel.

    Or, even worse than that, they might understand perfectly, but are trying to make the internet into the cable TV of the 21st century. I suspect this is the case.

     

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    Reality Check (profile), Dec 17th, 2013 @ 10:19am

    Re:

    I've had one significant issue with Steam.

    I used to be a huge fan, then one day I logged in and received a big message telling me I was permanently banned.

    I created an inquiry with their help desk and they were completely condescending and rude. They implied that I had hacked some players accounts and that they might press criminal charges.

    I kept pressing the issue, trying to at least find out what I was actually accused of. They were inconsistent with their reasons, but consistently acted like I was a criminal dirtbag, and said that I would never be un-banned.

    After a few months of re-opening the case and asking for an actual explanation, and quoting their own previous replies (and EULA) back to them to contradict their latest replies, they rescinded the ban with no explanation.

    The ban wasn't from playing all my purchased games, but it was a ban from some of the multi-player and trading functionality.
    The things that really burned me were:
    A blinking red icon every time I logged into Steam, reminding me that they considered me a criminal.
    I had done nothing wrong, and deserved at least an explanation.
    Once I had asked for an explanation, the nasty way they responded.

    I might buy a steam game in the future, but I haven't bought one for over a year now. And I used to recommend them to everyone.

     

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    scotts13 (profile), Dec 17th, 2013 @ 10:26am

    Physical media

    Like several posters here, I strongly prefer to purchase physical media. I have thousands of books, many hundreds of CD's, and nearly a thousand movies on disk. A fair number of them are out of print - never were or never will be available for stream or download. I may not own the stories, but I can keep them, or buy and sell them, the same as a hammer.

    I have no problem with digital downloads, for transitory or novelty things. Even there, I purchase only DRM-free files. Anything important to me, that requires a company to maintain a remote server in perpetuity, doesn't get bought. Applies to games, even operating systems (right, MS?)

    Problem is, people don't think about what they're getting. If they did, digital files would only yield a small fraction of the purchase price of a physical copy. This incident should be no surprise to anyone; just the harbinger of many disappointments to come.

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), Dec 17th, 2013 @ 10:34am

    Re: Physical media

    I purchase only DRM-free files.


    I strip the DRM out.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 17th, 2013 @ 10:42am

    Re: So don't deal with Amazon. Problem solved.

    You are right blue don't deal with Amazon go straight to the good stuff on Kickasstorrents.

    Remember don't get mad, get even.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 17th, 2013 @ 10:44am

    Re: Disney as Grinch

    Do you think we need to make Disney see anything?
    I don't arrrgh!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 17th, 2013 @ 11:26am

    Re: Dumbo Boxer Shorts

    All I can say is thank goodness.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 17th, 2013 @ 11:29am

    Re: Physical media

    I am with Scotts. I buy an actual copy and then it truly is mine forever.

     

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    Crashoverride (profile), Dec 17th, 2013 @ 11:41am

    The missing technology is the ability to buy a digital item and then have the ability to recode in a way that locks it to you and no longer allows studios to muck with. Kind of like being able to change the locks on the front door of your house differently than the the key the builder handed you. Which is a moot point as the studios will never use such and it's easier to utilize an open source solution.

     

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    PWDude97, Dec 17th, 2013 @ 11:48am

    Possibly effects International movies too

    Logged on Amazon Prime last night, checked out the foreign and international films section, multiple movies listed weren't playable which prompted a dialog redirecting viewers to their support.

    I suspect it's not just Disney films.

    If others with an account would check on a few independent and international films listed and confirm...

     

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    Stu, Dec 17th, 2013 @ 12:22pm

    Re: Re:

    For what its worth, Valve has said in the past they would patch out the online requirement if they ever go down, and I've read that Gabe has said he would rather shut down the service than sell it to someone like EA or MS.

     

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    Griff, Dec 17th, 2013 @ 12:48pm

    Try software

    I'm pretty sure if you buy Windows or Office you don't own it - just a license to use it.
    So MS could pull my OS (or certainly disable it) and I'm sure they have considered that feature for copies that fail their legitimacy check.

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), Dec 17th, 2013 @ 1:19pm

    Re: Re: So don't deal with Amazon. Problem solved.

    The problem is that OOTB is being rude as always and not being sympathetic to this.


    Also, the problem is that Blue implies that his great insight wasn't something that has been said repeatedly in various posts here even though it has.

     

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    McFortner (profile), Dec 17th, 2013 @ 1:43pm

    Dear Content Owner,

    We've decided to take back our Christmas Videos.

    Merry Christmas!
    Disney

     

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    gorehound (profile), Dec 17th, 2013 @ 1:57pm

    No sympathy form me one bit !!! Buy MAFIAA Product and lose out well to friggin bad I say.MAFIAA are the biggest thieves and they will take and take and take.Anything you buy from MAFIAA that is digital you do not own.you can not put it in your will and you can not resell it.

    Moral of the Story is to either buy used physical MAFIAA or just do not buy anything from them.they are the dinosaurs now.Stop feeding the Tyranosaurus.

     

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    quawonk, Dec 17th, 2013 @ 1:59pm

    Re: So don't deal with Amazon. Problem solved.

    Why do people continue to dignify this moron by replying to him? If he didn't get responses, he'd just keep getting his posts buried and give up.

    It's one of the rules of the Internet: don't feed the trolls.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 17th, 2013 @ 2:13pm

    Re:

    And why would anyone actually pay again for something they already paid for?

    That's what has made Disney into the mega-Goliath it is today. Disney Vault, Disney DVD, Disney Channel, Disneyland. They have gotten people to buy the same characters and movies over and over and over again, making billions in the process. They don't see any reason to change what's worked before.

     

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    RonKaminsky (profile), Dec 17th, 2013 @ 2:21pm

    Re: Try software

    > I'm sure they have considered that feature for
    > copies that fail their legitimacy check.

    Considered? Yes. Conclusion? It's better that home users pirate our stuff, so we maintain market dominance. Gates once admitted that MS greatly preferred that the Chinese pirate Windows rather than them adopting/developing a replacement.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 17th, 2013 @ 2:29pm

    Re: Re: So don't deal with Amazon. Problem solved.

    You are mistaken his/hers entire screen name is don-out-of-the-blue-quixote, he will never let go and Google his/hers windmill.

     

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    John85851 (profile), Dec 17th, 2013 @ 2:37pm

    Just say it's a rental not a purchase

    This issue seems to come up fairly often. When will Amazon finally decide to just tell people that they're *renting* a movie and they don't own it like a DVD? It may be forever or it may be until the copyright owner decides they don't want anyone to have it any more. This way, the customer expects that they don't own the movie and it could be pulled at any time.

    Compare this to the physical world: what would happen if Amazon or Disney came to our homes and took back (or "stole") a DVD that we legally purchased just because they now offered it in Blue-Ray? Then how is buying a movie but storing it online any different? Why do companies get away with "licensing" or "renting" when they call it a "purchase"?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 17th, 2013 @ 3:34pm

    Should vs. Will

    I can see why they'd say should instead of will never lose access. It's like a web hosting company guaranteeing 100% uptime. It's just a bad idea... because you can never guarantee a server won't go down or some other technical glitch will happen.

     

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    Mega1987 (profile), Dec 17th, 2013 @ 5:08pm

    we don't own what we brought by ourselves?

    If that's the case...

    Then your products are rental in nature...

    And If they're all rentals...

    then WE, the consumers, must return them to the respective company outlet... And get MAJORITY of our money back.
    And When I say MAJORITY of our money, I don't mean that the company returns 50% of the payment out of it.... I meant we get 90%, at minimum, of the payment made for the "rent".

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 17th, 2013 @ 5:31pm

    We've discussed many times before how, in the digital age, you no longer really seem to own what you've "bought." Instead, you're getting a temporary license, and at times that means that the copyright holder and partners can remove it.

    Right. They bought a license that had certain restrictions and that's what they got. The own exactly the thing that they bargained for.

     

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    btrussell (profile), Dec 17th, 2013 @ 6:14pm

    Psst!
    Want to buy a moving picture for $3?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 17th, 2013 @ 7:00pm

    Louisiana State University
    Materials specified in this agreement are not to be further reproduced, sold, shared, or given to another person, company, or institution for any purpose, without the express written permission of Special Collections.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 17th, 2013 @ 7:03pm

    Interview with Tom Edwards, former president of the Berkeley Historical Society -
    Invest some time, money and effort in developing a tighter one-time use agreement for sharing your photos. We thought it was satisfactory, but we know more now, and have tightened it up.  Now it reads:   

    I agree that I shall
    (1) use the Image(s) only for private enjoyment and/or study and not for any commercial purpose;
    (2) not publish, sell, copy, distribute, share, or otherwise exploit the Image(s) in any fashion

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 17th, 2013 @ 7:15pm

    § 108 · Limitations on exclusive rights:
    Reproduction by libraries and archives

    (e) The rights of reproduction and distribution under this section apply to the entire work, or to a substantial part of it, made from the collection of a library or archives where the user makes his or her request or from that of another library or archives, if the library or archives has first determined, on the basis of a reasonable investigation, that a copy or phonorecord of the copyrighted work cannot be obtained at a fair price, if—

    (1) the copy or phonorecord becomes the property of the user, and the library or archives has had no notice that the copy or phonorecord would be used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 17th, 2013 @ 7:38pm

    939 F.2d 1076: United States of America, Plaintiff-appellee, v. Christopher Barry Greer...

    ...the phrase "to hold" property under the statute can also mean "to use" property.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 17th, 2013 @ 7:42pm

    UNITED LEASING CORPORATION, et al.v. THRIFT INSURANCE CORPORATION, et al.

    Conversion is the intentional exercise of dominion or control over another's property that so seriously interferes with the right of another to control it that the actor may justly be required to pay the full value of the property... Courts generally recognize the conversion of intangible rights, the claim here, only in cases in which those rights arise from, or are merged with, a document, such as a contract, promissory note, bond, etc.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 18th, 2013 @ 8:52am

    Re:

    Is he dumb or something?

    That agreement has no value, what if I want to comment on it how will he stop me from doing it?
    Sure is not with the law.

     

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    Sheogorath (profile), Dec 19th, 2013 @ 2:49am

    Re: In other words...

    There are another two big reasons people pirate; 'Out if Print' and 'Not Available on Mobile'. Those of you with Vevo videos in YouTube, take heed.

     

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