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December 17, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Those films and TV shows that you thought you had bought and paid for and are waiting for you to summon up from the cloud whenever you wish may not always be there. That possibility was driven home on Monday with a report from that a man who had purchased the Disney TV special Prep & Landing was unable to stream the movie for his children, because, he was told, Disney wanted the movie to air exclusively on its website. In its blurb for the video version of the TV special, Amazon had urged its customers to “watch and re-watch it as often as you like. You may stream a purchased video while connected to the Internet and access the video from Your Video Library on any other compatible device. You may also download the video.” Peter Bradwell of the U.K.-based Open Rights Group told Britain’s Guardian newspaper that “It’s one way that online digital products are being built to be less useful than physical copies. Nobody would come to your house and take your DVDs just because they later decide they want those films playing exclusively on their TV channel.” After the furor over the video was unleashed Amazon said that the removal involved “a temporary issue with some of our catalog data” and indicated that the video is now available to those who had purchased it. However, Torrent reported that anyone now wishing to purchase the video are notified that it is not available and the same notice appears when attempting to purchase or rent other Disney Christmas TV shows such as The Muppet Christmas Carol and Beauty and The Beast: The Enchanted Christmas.