A group of vinyl Popcorn Snobs hijacked this blog for the next 18 (or so) days with ‘The Taking of April A-Z’ as their theme.
Hey all, it’s Brandon and if you’ve ever purchased a movie on iTunes or another platform that facilitates the streaming and downloading of visual media, there is a detail regarding these digital “assets” that I bet you didn’t know...
No one, including spouses and family members, can inherit items in your digital movie collection when you die.
If you’ve already invested a lot of money in VOD released, there are ways to backup these items digitally and/or make them available in physical form before your eventual demise. Sure, buying movies to play on computers, tablets and mobile devices offer a lot of convenience for the end-user. Being able to watch, say, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, for the eighth time -- while you’re waiting to be seen at the doctor’s office – has its appeal but if you think you’re gonna pass that movie down to your kids or brother-in-law, think again.
The truth about buying movies to stream on demand is that you don’t really own them. Given the terms and conditions of many websites that sell digital versions of movies such as Amazon and iTunes, what you have with your purchase is a license to view the media for personal use. That license is nontransferable, so you’re paying for what can basically be considered a lifetime movie rental that expires when you bite the dust.
How important is the ability to inherit (or pass on) a digital movie collection, to YOU?
Did you see the previous post about how Kesha survives Horror movies?