How to buy and sell the digital movie codes that came with your discs
Computer science 2020-06-20 17:13:34
Right now, we are in a transition to a fully digital entertainment world, and we may soon forget more or less DVDs, CDs, Blu-rays and game cartridges. But while we sit in this transitional phase, the movie studios are trying to make us keep buying movies on disc by softening the pot with codesfree for digital copies. But what if you don"t want the code that comes free with your Blu-ray? Or alternatively, what if you don"t care about Blu-ray but want to save money on this $ 15-20 digital HD price? Fortunately, the web is full of free markets that take advantage of these cracks in the digital economy. Buy codes from online markets RELATED: How to use and play digital UltraViolet Movies
If you want to buy digital movie codes, especially for the somewhat heavy UltraViolet standard
, you are spoiled for choice. Various websites maintain a huge database of active legal movie codes, allowing you to purchase them like any digital item and get the code by email or through a login account. Here are some of them: UVGrab. com UVSpider.com UltraCloudHD.com TheFastFlicks.com
You can also buy codes from a target user-to-user markets like eBay
, or even Craigslist (if you like living dangerously). Redbox recently started selling Disney movie codes
that come with copies of the movies they rent, but for some reason you should always go to the physical distributors tor get the code.
Once that you received the film code in your inbox or your account page, you can redeem it at any time. UltraViolet codes can be used on VUDU or Fandango
. ITunes only codes are, well, iTunes only, but Disney Anywhere codes can be used on iTunes, VUDU, Google Play, or Amazon. Fromfrom there, just open the corresponding application on your phone or your decoder and watch the film. Sell your own codes First of all, you have to understand that selling the digital codes of your DVD and Blu-ray will not be a track for extreme profit. You can pick up a few dollars here and there, but that won"t recover the cost of the disc itself, and it"s honestly easier to send the code to a friend or family member if you know you don"t not use. But if you intend to sell this code, there are a few places to start. eBay is pretty good
if you want to make sure - you are protected by PayPal or by credit card payment systems: simply make a bid or an immediate purchase list and wait. You will be competing in one of the biggest marketsretail to the world, be aware that if you really want to sell your code, you have to do it a dollar or two cheaper than the same film.g for in other lists. Any other user-to-user market will work the same way.
There also has dedicated forums and social media groups to redeem and sell UltraViolet, iTunes and Disney Anywhere codes.Blu-ray.com, which is both a storefront and a user forum (not officially affiliated with the Blu-ray standard), offers a specific section of the forum
to exchange the codes provided with Blu-ray movies. There is a very active Google+ community
dedicated to the same subject, with moderators apparently running a very tight ship. In both cases, PayPal seems to be the exchange of choice: post the films you have and how much you want for them, wait for a private message via the forum or Hangouts and send the code when you receive the PayPal alert. Of course, when you sell directly to people on the web, you run the risk of being scammed, both for buying and selling. But as the prices for full movies soOften lower than a digital HD rental, and if you sell the code that you did not intend to use anyway, the risk is minimal. Remember to never provide your personal information, especially bank account numbers, credit card numbers, home addresses and government identification. Is it legal? The legal consensus on the sale of digital films Blu-ray and DVD packaging codes seem to be a resounding "eh." The movie terms of service make it clear that movie studios don"t want you to do this. “Not for sale or for resale is clear enough. In fact, Disney is currently suing Redbox
in an attempt to prevent them from offering the digital film sales mentioned above, and the poeBay litigation appears to be inconsistent at best
. That sa id, the target the doctrine of first sale
( which is active in the United States, with similar laws and statutes in other countries) applies fairly clearly to the film code, as it is a separate item from the film disc itself. So, selling, the code is probably legal, in the sense that it is something you own, simply because it is a bundled part of the Blu-ray or DVD does not work. t assign its value as a separate item. But thanks to Byzantine rules and copyright laws, it mig It is illegal to convert the code of a movie to streaming if you do not have the disc with which it was sold. The lawyersFilm industry ats would certainly make this argument, if they actually saw fit to pursue this relatively small slice of a secondary market. It doesn"t seem very likely, at least in the short term - movie studios are more interested in finding and chasing pirates than people who do everything they can to "buy a movie, even in such a roundabout way." But yes, using a movie code you got without buying the movie disc probably violates the terms of service, and technically either the studio or the service on which you used the code (VUDU, iTunes, Google Play) could revoke your property or suspend your account if they find out. Since there is no way for studios or the service to know who bought the film from a retailer and who used the code, however, the practical danger of this is quite low. Special thanks to PleProfessor Derek Bambauer of the University of Arizona for advice on the last section of this article. Professor Bambauer founded the James E. Rogers College of Law "s Intellectual Property Clinic
, which provides free legal assistance to entrepreneurs and start-ups.