Want to feel nostalgic about your DVD collection? Well, if you think buying that movie on your digital platform means you have access to that content in perpetuity, you might need to think again.

Sony released a message on its site last month, announcing that its Playstation Store would soon remove German and Austrian users’ access to films from French production company StudioCanal. Users in these countries only have until August 31 to watch hundreds of movies, including Handyman, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Paddington, This is Spinal Tap, John Wick, and Revelation now. The German site 4kMovie first posted the story which was later spotted by Variety.

In its announcement, Playstation did not specify whether German and Austrian users will be reimbursed for their purchases. The announcement also offers no details on what prompted this decision to remove the films other than its “evolving licensing agreements with content providers.”

Last year, Sony announcement it interrupted users’ ability to purchase movies and TV shows from Playstation Store. Vanessa Lee, head of the company’s video business, said at the time that users would still have access to content they purchased before the change.

They said the decision was based on the growth of subscription and streaming services, and the relatively slow growth of the purchase model. So apparently when a company says “sure, you can keep this media”, make sure they also say “until the sun finally goes down”.

The only reason this move hasn’t attracted more press is the localization of the ad. Production company owned by Vivendi StudioCanal financed original content such as the David Lynch film in 2001 Mulholland Drivebut he was much better known for his Eurocentric films and strategic agreements with American production companies to distribute Hollywood blockbusters in Europe.

Playstation didn’t return Gizmodo’s request for comment, but the company’s reversal of actual purchases when it once said all of its users could keep the content they spent money on just prove how tenable your online property situation really is.

According to Playstation User Agreement, when you purchase content from the Playstation Store, you are only purchasing a “personal license to use such content for private, non-commercial purposes”. In effect, you “do not own the product”. According to the UA, if the company wants to remove content from your account, even if you haven’t had a chance to view the content, they can.

Sony is not alone in putting such conditions on purchased content. This is a common complaint from gaming platforms like Steam, where games are tied to your account. Is the company’s stock market response promises they won’t be closing anytime soon, but in previous years they claimed “measures are in place” to allow users to access their content.

The New York Times Wire cutter reported last year how some AUs, such as on Vudu Where Amazonuser access to content may also depend on restrictions imposed by studios or distributors. Google says it will offer users a refund if it removes content from its Play Store.

Some users tried to take companies to the court on the lack of digital property.

This is not a new problem either. Experts have expressed concerns about online ownership for years. It doesn’t matter if it’s a book, movie, game, pdf, etc. If your ability to access media is tied to a platform – even if you bought it – then you rarely, if ever, own the content.

And although digital ownership has greatly overtaken physical ownership in recent years, consumers are not completely unaware of the shortcomings of buying digital media. In a 2018 study from the University of Arizona comparing how people feel about owning an e-book versus owning a physical book, users would have complained they were unable to share the media they purchased and said access to digital media was more akin to renting than buying.

At least in streaming/rental services like Netflix or Gamepass, you know it’s a subscription service that’s hesitant to get that access. But when your supposed ownership is tied to a third-party platform, you rarely, if ever, own that product as if you owned a physical copy.