A California user named Amanda Caudel has filed a lawsuit against Amazon, reopening the debate on the purchase of audiovisual content on streaming platforms and its availability.

Six months ago, a Reddit thread (in r/movies) accumulated more than 10,000 votes, specifying that “movies bought on Amazon Prime Video don’t belong to you”. This thread has dozens of comments, stating things like “if you can’t destroy it, it doesn’t belong to you”.

When you buy a DVD or Blu-ray, you know that that copy is yours, and you can play it for as long as you want or even lend it to someone you know. If you buy a movie or documentary on platforms like Amazon Prime Video, one might wonder how long it will be available in our account.

This is precisely what Amanda Caudel has denounced, claiming that Amazon can cut off access to certain content that has been previously purchased at any time.

The reality is that when you buy a movie on Amazon Prime Video that doesn’t mean it belongs to you. It is something that the company itself makes quite clear in the terms of use of this platform:

i. Availability of Purchased Digital Content. Purchased Digital Content will generally continue to be available to you for download or streaming from the Service, as applicable, but may become unavailable due to potential content provider licensing restrictions or for other reasons, and Amazon will not be liable to you if Purchased Digital Content becomes unavailable for further download or streaming.

In the complaint filed by Caudel and his lawyers, they claim that Amazon “deceives and defrauds consumers”, since once we “buy” a content it means that the consumer has paid for full access and (like any purchased product) that access cannot be revoked.

The truth is that one can only wait to find out what this lawsuit leads to.

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