How would such a mandate be enforced? (ie. Besides making it the law of the land, with punitive penalties for violations).It should be a mandate, not a courtesy. Fans should be told up front that what they’re purchasing might not be what they’re expecting to see. Just my 2 cents.
There has been at least one entire generation which grew up with music as "free" downloads. No big surprise streaming became the norm for music catalogs.I wonder if the next story will be the decline of digital purchases. Is anyone under 25 buying movies or even music at all?
The movie companies are happy, though I doubt it is for that particular reason of ownership vs non-ownership.And the companies are likely thrilled, because they clawed back the concept of ownership and convinced people rental is best. So, they get paid a monthly fee for access, and people get to keep nothing. It's a huge win for corporations, especially after they had been giving people ownership of studio-quality masters (in the form of music CDs) and seasons of TV shows for a one-time payment of $20.