A couple of years ago, I downloaded the GH:WT Eagles pack. A few weeks ago, my PS3 crapped out and I replaced it with a new one. I went to the PlayStation Store to re-download the Eagles and got a message that this content is no longer available for purchase. I was able to go into "My Downloads" and pull the files down that way, which obviously means the content is still on the servers but not for sale. After a quick search, I discovered that none of the GH:WT DLC was still available for purchase. This got me thinking about the nature of DLC licensing agreements. There has been a lot of talk about the end of the 5-year band exclusivity agreements, but now I'm wondering if there is a similar time limit for the rights to sell licensed content?
So in the case of Rock Band licensing, does HMX have an open-ended agreement to continue selling a song forever or will RB songs become "unavailable for purchase" at the end of some licensing window?