As Expected, RIAA Threatens Site That Claims To Let You Sell Used MP3s
from the dumb-in-almost-every-direction dept
Earlier this year, we wrote yet another attempt (and there have been a few) to set up a system for “selling used mp3s.” It seems like a pretty pointless idea for a few reasons. First, why bother? Second, all the convoluted and annoying systems the company puts in place to try to make this “legal” just makes it annoying and useless. But, third, as we noted at the time, there was no way that the RIAA would let this happen.
And, indeed, the RIAA is now demanding that ReDigi stop allowing for the sale of used mp3s. I’m having trouble thinking which is the dumber idea: trying to set up a convoluted and useless marketplace for selling “used” MP3s (something almost no one will want to do), or the RIAA even bothering to call extra attention to ReDigi by threatening and potentially suing.
A tip to the RIAA: this was dumb. Almost no one cares about or was using ReDigi anyway. It would have just faded away. By threatening, you bring them back into the limelight. On top of that, you (yet again) make yourselves look like clueless luddites who wish to wipe out the First Sale doctrine. Even worse, you could end up in a lawsuit that reminds you that the First Sale doctrine does exist, and is recognized by the courts, and you could establish a precedent that “reselling” used digital content is legal. So why bother, other than this bizarre and shortsighted infatuation with the idea that if anyone, anywhere benefits without you getting a slice, it must be illegal?