Film lovers who buy movies and TV shows on Amazon Prime have been warned that they don’t own it forever like they might think.
Movie buffs have been told by Amazon that the content they splash out on isn’t actually theirs to keep.
According to the US streaming giants, films and even TV series purchased for good are basically long term rentals.
Amazon can remove the goodies due to third-party rights’ holders, The Sun reports, with no need to offer a refund.
The streaming giants made the claim in courts this week against a fuming customer who has sued for false advertising.
Amanda Caudel, of Fairfield in California, filed a lawsuit against Amazon claiming it “secretly reserves the right” to axe content once it has been purchased on Prime Video.
Amazon has filed a motion to dismiss her complaint, arguing that it was irrelevant as Fairfield had not read the terms and conditions.
The company also highlighted that Amanda has bought 13 titles through her Prime account since she filed her claim.
"Plaintiff claims that Defendant Amazon’s Prime Video service ... misleads consumers because sometimes that video content might later become unavailable if a third-party rights’ holder revokes or modifies Amazon’s license," attorney David Biderman wrote in the motion.
"The Complaint points vaguely to online commentary about this alleged potential harm but does not identify any Prime Video purchase unavailable to Plaintiff herself.
"In fact, all of the Prime Video content that Plaintiff has ever purchased remains available."
In Prime’s terms and conditions, which are presented to every user when they purchase content, it is explained that content may become unavailable.
Amazon argues that Fairfield did not bother to read the fine print of Prime's terms of service.
"An individual does not need to read an agreement in order to be bound by it," Amazon says in its legal filing.
Amazon's service isn't the only one that offers "licenses" instead of actual products.
In 2019, Microsoft began warning users that they would lose access to books purchased through the Microsoft Store, AppleInsider reports.