Why do digital copy codes expire?

Makes no sense.

I have more than 10 different Blu-ray movies I cannot use ‘my codes’ on because the codes have expired.

As far as I know, these are all one time use codes so expiring them does not make a lot of sense. It isn’t as if I could use the code then share it with a friend later and then they can use it.

Worst thing? These are movies I bought from Amazon over the last year, with codes that have expired more than a year ago in most cases, and some that expired last year (2012).

Publishers: All we want is our licensed content, in a format that *we* want to use. Stop limiting us; you got our dollars, now give us our content in the format we want to use!

3 Replies to “Why do digital copy codes expire?”

  • What kind of commie are you that you’re against their monetization of their totally awesome content each time you play it? What kind of sick socialist are you that you wouldn’t be willing to pay a license for each person sitting in your family room, each time you watch it, depriving a movie theater of their well-deserved revenue?

    You disgust me!

    Hope you had a good Memorial Day weekend.

    • Ha!

      I just want what came with my purchase.

      I still go to movies in the theater, though sometimes I wonder why…

      • You *got* what came with your purchase … an expiring digital redemption code.

        The Ferengi ^W MPAA operate on the old adage, “let the buyer beware.”

        But seriously, it seems likely that it is going to take a massive event, something on the scale of Apple iTunes going away and taking vast libraries of authorizations with it, to get people to understand the evil of DRM.

        In your specific case, I am a little less certain as to how I feel about the codes issue. There’s a certain amount of supporting structure necessary for codes, someone has to run a website or service to support the downloads, a database of legtimate codes, unused codes, ways to deal with redownloading the content maybe, and then it has to work with whatever DRM-capable player is popular at that moment. There’s questions of what happens when new DRM players, new OS’s, etc., come out that might impose additional issues for whoever is trying to support the existing base of codes. Limiting liability might actually make some sort of sense.

        Of course, that’s all stupid, since there’s a great high quality digital copy of the content sitting on that shiny disc that is already in front of you. All this “codes redemption” crap is just a way for the MPAA to claim that they’ve given people a legal way to access their content without violating the DMCA, but an easier way would be for people to just be allowed to unlock copy-protected content for personal use.

        So definitely, complain about the code redemption issue, it is a carnival midway game style scam, but the real fix isn’t to make the codes expire differently, it’s to pass something like the Unlocking Technology Act of 2013.

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