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I owned the source material

Actually you don't. You own a license to play the video in a private non-commercial setting.

In the days when audio and video were tied to a physical format, it was easy for us to think that we "owned" a record or CD or DVD.

As a libertarian I don't usually jump to a government imposed solution, but I think this is one area where the classical liberal role of government preventing fraud comes in. It ought to be illegal for a seller to use terms in relation to the sale of media that implies ownership. For example, when I purchase an ebook or MP3 from Amazon, it's absolutely misleading that I have to click on a button which says "buy" instead of "license".

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