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Your right to resell your own stuff is in peril

Posted By admin On October 8, 2012 @ 2:11 am In Featured Stories | Comments Disabled

Jennifer Waters
MarketWatch [1]
Oct 8, 2012

Tucked into the U.S. Supreme Court’s agenda this fall is a little-known case that could upend your ability to resell everything from your grandmother’s antique furniture to your iPhone 4.

At issue in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons is the first-sale doctrine in copyright law, which allows you to buy and then sell things like electronics, books, artwork and furniture, as well as CDs and DVDs, without getting permission from the copyright holder of those products.

Under the doctrine, which the Supreme Court has recognized since 1908, you can resell your stuff without worry because the copyright holder only had control over the first sale.

Put simply, though Apple Inc. AAPL -2.13% [2] has the copyright on the iPhone and Mark Owen has it on the book “No Easy Day,” you can still sell your copies to whomever you please whenever you want without retribution.

That’s being challenged now for products that are made abroad, and if the Supreme Court upholds an appellate court ruling, it would mean that the copyright holders of anything you own that has been made in China, Japan or Europe, for example, would have to give you permission to sell it.

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[1] MarketWatch: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/your-right-to-resell-your-own-stuff-is-in-peril-2012-10-04

[2] AAPL -2.13%: http://www.marketwatch.com/investing/stock/AAPL?link=MW_story_quote

[3] Selling your own books, electronics and even furniture will soon be illegal if the Supreme Court says so: http://www.prisonplanet.com/selling-your-own-books-electronics-and-even-furniture-will-soon-be-illegal-if-the-supreme-court-says-so.html

[4] Your right to sell your stuff: http://www.prisonplanet.com/your-right-to-sell-your-stuff.html

[5] Now Twitter admits copying smartphone address books without telling the owners as Apple announces crackdown: http://www.prisonplanet.com/now-twitter-admits-copying-smartphone-address-books-without-telling-the-owners-as-apple-announces-crackdown.html

[6] iRacism: Apple refuses to sell products to US Persians: http://www.prisonplanet.com/iracism-apple-refuses-to-sell-products-to-us-persians.html

[7] Apple Urges Government to Outlaw iPhone Unlocking Over Terrorist, Drug Dealing Risks: http://www.prisonplanet.com/apple-urges-government-to-outlaw-iphone-unlocking-over-terrorist-drug-dealing-risks.html

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