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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    Pete Austin, 5 Mar 2013 @ 1:59am

    Re: Re: Be silly that reseller rights are more than the creators.

    @MrWilson: Fixed it for you

    "[It's a balance.] A creator's work is valuable because people want it. A reseller might purchase a book (or even a car) with the thought in mind that the price is more than they prefer to pay, but might be worth it if they can resell it later for a not-too-diminished value once they're done using it.

    Restricting a purchaser's ability to resell diminishes the value of [each copy of] the work itself. Ironically of course, if you removed the right of first sale from products, the prices for [each copy of] those products would go up because the copyright holders would have even more of a monopoly on their products than they already do. [But some buyers could get their copy second hand, so the copyright holder would sell less new copies, which means it's not clear whether they would benefit overall.]"

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