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Amazon takes away access to purchased Christmas movie during Christmas
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Amazon takes away access to purchased Christmas movie during Christmas

Cory Doctorow at 12:01 pm Sun, Dec 15, 2013










Bill sez, Last "December I bought some favorite Christmas specials for my kids with the idea they could watch them every year. Went tonight to watch one ('Disney Prep and Landing 2' if you're curious) and it was gone from our library and couldn't be found on the site at all. 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!"

To be fair, the Amazon rep gave me a very generous credit to watch something else, recognizing that this is a suck policy.
But at a minimum, beware, somewhere buried in the legalese is the right for Amazon and partners to pull content away from you, even content you specifically paid for, anytime they want.
Maybe this is standard in the new digital world and not limited to Amazon. If so, screw the new digital world and give me a physical copy.
Yes, Disney is stupid and evil for doing this. But when Amazon decided that it would offer studios the right to revoke access to purchased videos, they set the stage for this. They stuck the gun on the mantelpiece in Act One, and they don't get to act all surprised now that it went off in Act Three. Anyone who didn't see this coming failed to do so because it was their job not to see it coming.
This is what was set in motion in the 1970s, when we started using the term "intellectual property" instead of "copyright" or "author's monopoly." If the movie is Disney's "property" for ever and ever, it follows that it is never your property, no matter that you "buy" it. And since "IP" is embedded in everything from blenders to cars to yoga studios, there is nothing that you can ever own -- you can only be a tenant in someone else's fields, an ambulatory wallet for a rentier looking for "passive income" while suckers like you work for a living and pay rent on everything in your life, only to have it yanked away from you at the landlord's pleasure.
http://boingboing.net/2013/12/15/amazon-takes-away-access-to-pu.html
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Magda Hassan Wrote:
Maybe this is standard in the new digital world and not limited to Amazon. If so, screw the new digital world and give me a physical copy.

Yup, can't trust 'em. Get a physical copy. Ditto the "cloud" for data storage to my mind. Buy a hard drive and keep your own info on it. If you give others the keys to your house, you can hardly be surprised if they gain entry.
The shadow is a moral problem that challenges the whole ego-personality, for no one can become conscious of the shadow without considerable moral effort. To become conscious of it involves recognizing the dark aspects of the personality as present and real. This act is the essential condition for any kind of self-knowledge.
Carl Jung - Aion (1951). CW 9, Part II: P.14
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David Guyatt Wrote:
Magda Hassan Wrote:
Maybe this is standard in the new digital world and not limited to Amazon. If so, screw the new digital world and give me a physical copy.

Yup, can't trust 'em. Get a physical copy. Ditto the "cloud" for data storage to my mind. Buy a hard drive and keep your own info on it. If you give others the keys to your house, you can hardly be surprised if they gain entry.
Yes. Find no attraction for the cloud. I like to know exactly where my data is and who I share it with. Google's new Chromebook computer is very nice and very cheap but you need to use the cloud and I wont go there.
"The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it." Karl Marx

"He would, wouldn't he?" Mandy Rice-Davies. When asked in court whether she knew that Lord Astor had denied having sex with her.

“I think it would be a good idea” Ghandi, when asked about Western Civilisation.
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Oh clever. ::rockon::

Great song too...
The shadow is a moral problem that challenges the whole ego-personality, for no one can become conscious of the shadow without considerable moral effort. To become conscious of it involves recognizing the dark aspects of the personality as present and real. This act is the essential condition for any kind of self-knowledge.
Carl Jung - Aion (1951). CW 9, Part II: P.14
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