Two And A Half Minute Video Explains How The Ability To Sell Stuff You Legally Purchased Is At Risk

from the you've-been-owned dept

As we wait patiently for the Supreme Court to decide the Kirtsaeng case, concerning whether or not you can resell goods that were made outside the US but that can be covered by copyright inside the US, the folks at Demand Progress have put together a nice two and a half minute video highlighting the possible consequences of a ruling that goes against first sale rights and limits your ability to freely sell items you legally purchased. While it may seem premature to be discussing this before the eventual ruling, having more people understand why this is a vitally important issue is helpful, so that we can either push for legislation to fix a bad ruling, or (hopefully) resist a push in the other direction by companies seeking to stomp out first sale rights.

Filed Under: copyright, first sale, kirtsaeng, supreme court

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    Anonymous Coward, 5 Mar 2013 @ 11:06pm

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    This is a guy who seeks a loophole in the law to create a business model for his personal enrichment.

    Why is it when a corporation uses a loophole in the law to create a business model for "personal enrichment", it's called "a successful, money-making business", but when an unincorporated individual does the same thing, it's a no-good, terrible, bad thing? And also evil, evil, evil?

    But really, how much of a loophole is it that he purchased some books at the price they were being offered for sale, and then he sold the books elsewhere for a price that that market could bear? What he did seems very straightforward to me: you're supposed to buy low and sell high.

    I have to take issue with your very odd use of the word "grifter"? Are you aware that a grifter is "a person who swindles you by means of deception or fraud" -- who did he swindle? He didn't stiff the company he purchased the books from, he paid the price they asked. What deception did he commit when they took his money? What swindle occurred when he offered the books to potential buyers and quoted a price, and they either paid it or said, "no thank you."

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