Bit Rot

Matt Birchler on the absurdity of media not being available for ownership.

I think it’s extremely frustrating that streaming services generally don’t let people buy permanent copies of the shows they offer. Coda won Best Picture at the Oscars last year and there is no way for someone to buy that movie and know they’ll be able to see it whenever they want in the future. That’s nuts.

Considering the rate of bit rot, it can be an unfortunate prospect to imagine your favorite book, movie or album disappearing. For music fans, at least, you have at least one high-profile ethical alternative to the purely all-you-can-eat streaming options: Bandcamp.

Owning Your Favorite Media Forever | Matt Birchler

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