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You know all those movies you bought from Apple? Um, well, think different: You didn't

Malcolm Weir Silver badge

As others have hinted, this is basically Apple being lazy/callous: when their contract with the distributor/owner expired, they lost the right to sell the movie, but that's a completely different thing from the right to store copies of the movie to deliver to people who had already paid for the thing.

So it sounds to me like Apple failed to consider this situation when building their store. The trivially obvious approach to these situations is to retain the entries and data for the movie, but disable the "buy" or "rent" transaction functionality, so what's blocked is the ability to make those transactions, not the ability to benefit from them.

(I suspect if someone was unlucky enough to rent the movie just before the license expired, Apple would have taken the money and then not delivered, on the same basis).

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