Do You “Own” Movies You Buy from the iTunes Store?

Apparently not. In spite of what Apple’s graphics say:

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You don’t really own them. Because, as Apple’s terms and conditions say:

You agree that your Account is non-transferable and that any rights to your Apple ID or Content within your Account terminate upon your death.

So be aware that, when Apple says you can “own” a movie, it’s not true. This differs from music, which, not having DRM, does not need an Apple ID and password to play. But for movies, TV shows, books and apps, you never really own them; you’ve just paid a price to use them until you die.

6 thoughts on “Do You “Own” Movies You Buy from the iTunes Store?

  1. If I kick the bucket tomorrow, at least my daughter can inherit my BD & DVD collection. She can keep what she wants and sell the rest. A film library of digital downloads is worthless.

  2. If I kick the bucket tomorrow, at least my daughter can inherit my BD & DVD collection. She can keep what she wants and sell the rest. A film library of digital downloads is worthless.

  3. “you’ve just paid a price to use them until you die.”

    Or even worse, until the license holders decide they don’t want Apple to have it anymore. Unless it’s backed up of course.

  4. “you’ve just paid a price to use them until you die.”

    Or even worse, until the license holders decide they don’t want Apple to have it anymore. Unless it’s backed up of course.

  5. Backups: Another crack in time and space rights holders should fall through after receiving our money. Or perhaps it’s just good personal technology policy.

  6. Backups: Another crack in time and space rights holders should fall through after receiving our money. Or perhaps it’s just good personal technology policy.

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