Amazon and Disney Take Away Access to Purchased Video

From Boing­Bo­ing via @zcichy:

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 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!“

It bog­gles the mind that some per­son or peo­ple decided this would be a great way to help increase sales.

Dis­ney has always done this with their movie pur­chases — they’ll pull The Lit­tle Mer­maid for a year or two from shelves and then bring it “back from the vaults” in order to increase hype/​demand. Which was a bit sleazy when it was VHS tapes or DVDs. But pulling people’s pur­chases from their dig­i­tal vaults is like going into their homes and pulling the DVDs off their shelf and leav­ing a note say­ing “You’ll get it back in July!”

Theft.