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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.

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    The Real Michael, 6 Mar 2013 @ 5:40am

    1) If the first-sale doctrine is rescinded on foreign-made goods, this would give companies a major incentive to outsource practically all domestic manufacturing. In effect, the Supreme Court would destroy our economy.

    2) Every business reliant upon selling used products would have to police every item for foreign-made goods, then give a cut of the profit to each individual distributor.

    3) Corporate entities would become middle-men on all private transactions via non-expirable, corporate-imposed taxation.

    4) Selling products would have to be 'authorized'; this paves the ground for the auditing of all personal effects. IOW, government intrusion into your personal affairs.

    I could go on but why bother? It's too depressing.

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