House first sale doctrine hearing: My points of view

By Chris Meadows
June 4, 2014 // 6 Comments

Well, that was quite a few articles. I hope you at least read my summaries, and they didn’t put you to sleep. I was impressed by the breadth of viewpoints represented in that sample of testimony. We heard from a major publisher, a company and an interest group lobbying for digital resale, a [...]

ReDigi awarded patent on digital resale ‘without making a copy’

By Chris Meadows
January 29, 2014 // 3 Comments

Yesterday I received a press release from ReDigi, the company trying to allow (and monetize) the resale of “used” digital goods such as music or e-books, with an embargo time of, well, right now. The release claims the award of a patent on the technology ReDigi wants to use to enable the resale [...]

What the ReDigi case might mean for Amazon's used content plans

By Joanna Cabot
April 2, 2013 // 3 Comments

Numerous websites have been reporting on the latest twist in the ReDigi case (for example, here on Paid Content). The case sets an important potential precedent for other business plans involving the sale of digital content. I know Amazon has contemplated a move into this area, and I wonder if [...]

Morning Links: Rising Android sales causing worry for digital publishers

By Joanna Cabot
April 2, 2013 // 0 Comments

Rising Android Sales Causing Worry for Digital Publishers (Good e-Reader) Reeder App to Break Free of Google Reader (The Digital Reader) Court Slams Shut ReDegi Music Locker, Saying First Sale Doctrine Does Not Apply (Paid Content) April Fool’s Day Jokes for Writers and Readers (Galley Cat) [...]

The digital resale controversy, in the New York Times

By Dan Eldridge
March 10, 2013 // 1 Comment

The New York Times ran an interesting and fairly informative feature story on March 7; it covers the digital publishing industry’s current digital resale controversy, which was sparked largely by the work of John Ossenmacher, the founder and CEO of ReDigi — a company that refers to itself [...]

Is Amazon About to Break the Law?

By Marilynn Byerly
February 19, 2013 // 7 Comments

Amazon has patented a means to sell used e-books within the Kindle system. A book will be branded within the system when it is bought, and when the buyer puts it up for resale at the Kindle store, it will be removed from his account and transferred to the buyer’s account. Amazon will receive a [...]

Amazon scores broad patent on reselling ‘used’ digital content

By Chris Meadows
February 7, 2013 // 0 Comments

I’ve written quite a few pieces here about the various attempts to try to create a workable digital resale market—most recently with digital music resale firm ReDigi, which is currently engaged in a legal dispute with music label EMI over its activities. Now it looks as if, as with a lot of its [...]

Library advocates, used merchandise vendors lobby for digital ownership rights

By Chris Meadows
November 13, 2012 // 3 Comments

In his Copyright and Technology Blog, Bill Rosenblatt has an interesting column looking at the Owners’ Rights Initiative, a lobbying coalition of interested parties who have united under the slogan “you bought it, you own it,” seeking to promote the right to resell digital property. The group [...]

European court rules used software sales legal—even for downloaded titles

By Chris Meadows
July 3, 2012 // 2 Comments

Here’s an interesting software ruling out of European courts that might have implications for digital music and e-book resale. The Wall Street Journal reports that Oracle sued a German software company, UsedSoft, that buys up and resells used software licenses from American companies. In that [...]

ReDigi lawsuit raises questions of fair use and first sale in digital age

By Chris Meadows
July 2, 2012 // 15 Comments

The Boston Globe has a report on the record labels’ lawsuit against ReDigi, the company that is trying to bring first sale rights to digital music (and, by extension, digital movie and book) sales. I’ve mentioned ReDigi a number of times, from when it was first conceived (after several similar [...]

Judge finds ReDigi does not have to shut down pending EMI’s lawsuit

By Chris Meadows
February 7, 2012 // 2 Comments

Good news for “used digital music” reseller ReDigi: the district court judge handling the case has denied EMI’s motion for a preliminary injunction against the company, which would have shut it down during the trial. Citing the “fascinating” technological and legal issues involved, U.S. [...]

Google seeks to file amicus brief in ReDigi case

By Chris Meadows
February 2, 2012 // 1 Comment

The ReDigi lawsuit took an intriguing turn yesterday. Google sent a letter to the judge in the EMI v. ReDigi case asking permission to file an amicus brief. Google says that it is not taking sides in the case, but some points of law that will be considered could set important precedents for the [...]

ReDigi responds to RIAA lawsuit, claims fair use

By Chris Meadows
January 22, 2012 // 0 Comments

ReDigi has filed a response to the EMI lawsuit seeking to prevent the company from reselling “used” digital music files, Ars Technica reports. In EMI’s suit, it accuses ReDigi of making illegal copies as part of the process of selling this music. In the response, the company claims that any [...]

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