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EFF: Your right to sell, lend books and music to others under threat

Posted at 29 October 2012 16:28 CEST by Jan Willem Aldershoff

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has posted a blog on their website about the right to sell and lend your bought books, CDs and DVDs  to others. This is in danger as Thai graduate student Supap Kirtsaeng is sued by a book publisher because he sold books in the United States which were purchased from abroad.

These study books are used in colleges in the US  but  also sold in other countries for a much lower price. Kirtsaeng imported the books and sold them in the US for a lower price than US book stores.

Now the publisher of the books, John Wiley & Sons has sued him and and the big question of the lawsuit is if the US copyright protection also applies to products bought and made in another country and then resold in the US without the permission of the manufacturer.


The EFF is afraid that if this will be forbidden this will also be forbidden to lend and sell CDs, DVDs and other content you buy and own. According to the EFF there is one method the content industry is currently trying which is to license content to you.

This means that you won’t ever own music or a book but you will get a license to listen or read it. As the EFF states, we as consumers want that if it looks like a sale and feels like  a sale then it’s a sale. We don’t want any other restrictions where we can sell or lend out our books and music to others.

The EFF asks websites who want to raise awareness for this issue to embed the image below, so we did…

You've Been Owned: Stand Up For Digital First Sale

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There are 4 comments

TSJnachos117
MyCE Senior Member
Posted on: 04 Nov 12 19:03
    Personally, Ii would hope this is a no-brainer. I would think that this would be protected under the first-sale doctrine. Of course, the one who wins these things is the usually the one who has the most expensive lawyers. So, we'll have to wait and see.

    I wonder if the publisher knows that they are jeopardizing the right to re-sell? I wouldn't put it past them.
    ChristineBCW
    MyCE Die Hard
    Posted on: 04 Nov 12 21:47
      This is starting to feel colonial.

      "I claim that whatever's in your hands, under your feet, in the name of the Holy AppStore! Now pay me. And keep paying me."

      The next step will be "And give me everything else, too, or else I'll affect your credit rating and every other on-line capability."
      AllanDeGroot
      MyCE Resident
      Posted on: 12 Nov 12 20:36
        Ask any englishman who owns a house in London, yet has to pay "land rent"
        to the lord mayor of london.

        Of course the situation was not much different here in the U.S. of A. where I used to live.

        On the house that cost $3100 to build in 1895 and my father paid $17,000 for in 1964 and eventually sold for $130,000 was costing $11,000 in property taxes per year in 1995.

        And people believe they "own" things....

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        alan1476
        Senior Moderator, Software Editor and Head of Promotions
        Posted on: 13 Nov 12 00:42
          Quote:
          Originally Posted by AllanDeGroot
          Ask any englishman who owns a house in London, yet has to pay "land rent"
          to the lord mayor of london.

          Of course the situation was not much different here in the U.S. of A. where I used to live.

          On the house that cost $3100 to build in 1895 and my father paid $17,000 for in 1964 and eventually sold for $130,000 was costing $11,000 in property taxes per year in 1995.

          And people believe they "own" things....

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          You are correct Allan, I bought a home when my son was born in 1992 and the Property taxes were 3,000USD, now they are over 10,000USD a year , luckily for me I am over 66 so I am entitled to the Senior Citizen Tax Freeze, as of the time I was 66 my taxes cannot grow.

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