I'm sure there's already shows/movies that you just cannot get legally, at all, because they were only licensed to platform X which is now gone.
But you could also change them.
Maybe it turns out that something they said in Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes was libelous and they get found guilty.
which is nothing new, of course. the same thing happened to VHS or DVD films.
And this has happened. Not with films that I know of, but there have been books yanked from the Kindle store, that vanished from the purchasers' devices.
They can just quietly switch out which one gets downloaded, and nobody needs to know.
but in cases like this it may be the only way to preserve original copies, since you cannot legally save a copy of a netflix/amazon film.
Film piracy is the only reason we have any surviving copies of the 1922 german expressionist film Nosferatu.
A very important film to the history of cinema with lots of influence on the next century of film, and very single legal copy was destroyed.
if it had been a netflix film, it would 100% be gone today.
But if you want to play the top 10 games from 1989? oh dear. Maybe some are on virtual console?
but I fear that the opposite is going to happen. Buying movies is going to get just as shit as games already are.
I 100% do not believe this is only ever going to get used in cases like the kindle one (where the seller didn't have legal authorization to distribute them) or the Netflix one (where they had to edit after offense)
If one of them ends up being their Song of the South 2, they will make it vanish.
and so far that mainly affects always-online games like MMORPGs...
Valve may be a great company who has nothing but good feelings towards the entire gaming public.
But they could also make every legal copy of Half Life 2 evaporate tomorrow.
Media is a huge part of our lives. And parts of your childhood (or just past in general) will vanish.
I have an album with my dad's guitar work on it that gets zero hits on google. It was from an actual band, that produced multiple albums! And it's gone.
They do not exist anywhere. They can never be seen again.
And a lot of that was technological limitations: we couldn't easily make perfect copies, storage was hard (and dangerous), and there was no home market
we have insane amounts of storage, which no longer randomly bursts into flames.
and we can watch films, play games, & listen to music everywhere.
we're gonna lose it because we don't want to save it.
because we don't care to save it.