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Weekend Roundup: Used eBook site face lawsuit. Apple updates iPod Touch lineup
June 28, 2014 | 11:07 am

ipod touchUsed eBook Website Faces Lawsuit in Europe (The Digital Reader) The used ebook marketplace Tom Kabinet is only a week old but it is already facing legal challenges to its business model. *** Should Canadian Courts Get to Decide What the World Sees Online? (Michael Geist) The ruling provides the sense that the court felt that its reach needed to match Google's global footprint. While there is much to be said for asserting jurisdiction over Google - if it does business in Canada, then Canadian law should apply - attempts to extend blocking orders to a global audience could lead to a run on...

Dealing with the Coming Onslaught of Used Media
March 21, 2014 | 12:25 pm

used mediaIn the past few years, I have been growing ever more digital in my media habits. First, the paper books started getting replaced. Then I stopped buying TV show boxed sets and started watching them on Netflix. Now I am moving the last of my DVD workouts onto my hard drive for easy iPad streaming, and am starting to actively look for download-only stuff for my new buys. But it seems I am not the only one moving in this direction, and during my recent March Break Spring Cleaning, I started to realize that this glut of used media is not...

Amazon scores broad patent on reselling ‘used’ digital content
February 7, 2013 | 8:32 pm

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 digital media sales, Amazon may have achieved yet another leg up on the competition. On paidContent, Laura Hazard Owen reports that Amazon has been awarded a patent on the idea of a marketplace for “used” digital content. Amazon applied for it back in 2009, and it...

Supreme Court First Sale Doctrine case could give boost to resale-proof digital media sales
October 30, 2012 | 12:00 pm

Ars Technica has a couple of great, in-depth pieces laying out in detail the facts of the matter surrounding the upcoming Supreme Court case concerning a Thai exchange student who imported and resold cheap foreign editions of English-language textbooks to finance his doctorate. Publishers contend he earned $1.2 million in revenues, and essentially set himself up as an unlicensed importer/distributor, damaging the publishers’ market for the books within the United States. The publisher plaintiff is John Wiley & Sons, which has also garnered attention for its recent lawsuits against unauthorized BitTorrent distributors of its books. The article discusses the Costco vs. Omega case, which I covered...

European court rules used software sales legal—even for downloaded titles
July 3, 2012 | 7:20 pm

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 case, the European Court of Justice has decided in favor of UsedSoft, stating that "The exclusive right of distribution of a copy of a computer program covered by such a [used] license is exhausted on its first sale.” Thus, it’s perfectly all right, at least in Europe, to sell your licensed software, regardless...

Judge finds ReDigi does not have to shut down pending EMI’s lawsuit
February 7, 2012 | 1:00 pm

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. District Judge Richard Sullivan said he is inclined to let the case go to trial. "We are grateful for the judge's decision in our favor," said John Ossenmacher, ReDigi's CEO, said in a statement. The company added that "ReDigi is breaking down the barriers that have kept consumers from enjoying their intrinsic...

ReDigi begins buying ‘used’ digital music
October 15, 2011 | 4:34 pm

redigilogoTechCrunch reports that digital music resale firm ReDigi, who I mentioned back in February, is actually launching its eMarketplace to allow people to buy and sell “pre-owned” digital music. ReDigi claims that it has consulted with lawyers and determined what it’s doing is legal, but I’m not so sure. ReDigi hopes to succeed where others have failed by designing a marketplace that is not about file sharing, but is instead a method of “facilitating the legal transfer of music between two parties”. Really, the key here is that the startup’s technology is able to actually verify...

Digital déjà vu: ReDigi pledges to allow resale of ‘used’ MP3s
February 27, 2011 | 6:29 pm

Here we go again. ReadWriteWeb reports on ReDigi, a new startup that plans to allow people to resell their pre-owned digital music. This is an idea whose time has come…and gone, and come and gone again, without ever getting any farther than being an idea. Of course, digital media can’t really be “resold” the way that physical media can. Since the act of transferring a digital file creates a copy, a copy of the “sold” music will still reside on the original purchaser’s hard drive unless some form of DRM enforces it being deleted (as is the...

Ninth Circuit rules EULA licensing restrictions on digital content enforceable
September 11, 2010 | 11:15 am

padlock[1] The matter of first sale and imports I mentioned yesterday is not the only recent Ninth Circuit decision with unpleasant first-sale implications. Ars Technica reported yesterday that the Ninth Circuit ruled in a long-standing case concerning End-User Licensing Agreements on computer software—and from a consumer rights standpoint (and that includes e-book consumers), the ruling was not a good one. The case is Vernor vs. Autodesk, and until yesterday a lower court ruling had been cited as a potential precedent in favor of users being able to resell computer software they had purchased. The case involved a man, Timothy...

Target begins buying used iPhone, iPod Touch, video games
August 27, 2010 | 2:25 am

target[1] If you’re interested in a used iPhone or iPod Touch for e-reading, you’ll soon have another option to buy it. Target is rolling out a trade-in program for mobile electronics such as iPhones, iPod Touchs, or other cell phones—or used video games. (As Engadget notes, its timing is remarkable considering the current controversy over used game sales.) In return, customers get Target gift cards that range from "a few dollars up to more than $200 per item depending on the product and its condition." Target already has an online service through its website where customers can trade in...

Used game controversy continues; e-book vendors could stand to learn from Valve (again)
August 26, 2010 | 10:15 am

usedgames Video and computer games share a bit of an odd similarity to books and e-books. Like books, they can be an example of intellectual property encapsulated in an object, which can be bought and sold new or used—but like e-books, they can also be delivered purely digitally, and equipped with restrictive DRM. And as with both, there’s some controversy surrounding the idea of used sales. While many print book publishers look at the sale of used books and gnash their teeth, they are largely powerless to do anything about them. The First Sale Doctrine states that...

Lexink wants to allow resale of ‘used’ digital media
June 11, 2010 | 10:15 am

unloderUpdate: Welcome, Ebooknewser readers! A couple of days ago I mentioned the IEEE working group that is working on a standard to use DRM to treat digital property more like “real” property. It turns out they aren’t the only ones working on that sort of solution. A few days ago, Mediabistro’s “Ebooknewser” blog reported on a company called Lexink, which was gearing up to let customers resell “used” digital property like MP3s, videos, or e-books. (This is not the first time a startup has tried to do this. In 2008, a startup called “Bopaboo” wanted to work with record labels to allow...