Yet Another Company Says It Can Help You Sell Used MP3s
from the not-so-fast... dept
We’ve seen a few websites pop up over the years claiming to create marketplaces to “sell” used MP3s. The RIAA and the major record labels continue to insist such things are illegal. However, yet another one, called ReDigi is apparently set to try and it insists that its system is completely legal, though specific details are lacking.
That said, just the fact that the RIAA insists used MP3 sales are illegal proves how the RIAA is being knowingly dishonest in comparing MP3 downloads to “stealing a CD.” After all, it’s perfectly legal to sell a used CD. However, if the RIAA is claiming that it’s not legal to sell a used MP3, then it’s admitting that digital files and physical products are different. Thus, it seems like a pretty weak argument to pretend that the rules of the physical world only apply when it helps the RIAA and the major record labels, but absolutely do not apply when it leads to consumer surplus.