It's Illegal to Resell Your iTunes Purchases

Posted April 1, 2013 at 9:20pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 8785 views

U.S. District Judge Richard Sullivan has sided with Universal Music against ReDigi and ruled that it's illegal to resell your digitally purchased music.

AllThingsD, notes that the judge filed the partial summary judgement on Saturday and requests that both sides report back by April 12th for the next steps.

Sullivan’s argument, in a nutshell: Unless the copyright owner gives you explicit permission to do so, you can’t resell a digital media file. ReDigi used multiple arguments to support its case, including the “first sale doctrine” that supports companies like Netflix when it comes to physical goods; you can see Sullivan shoot them all down in his decision.

In his conclusion, Sullivan says, "the Court cannot of its own accord condone the wholesale application of the first sale defense to the digital sphere, particularly when Congress itself has declined to take that step."

The full ruling is linked below...

Read More [via AllThings]

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Huigie - April 2, 2013 at 1:41pm
And this is why you should always buy a hard copy!
taratata - April 2, 2013 at 3:01am
Who the f cares anymore about music? music was invented by birds for sex and mating and breeding, they moved away rom music a long ago to other ways. We copied music from them, imitated them, does that mean we violated the birds' music copyright?
DH - April 1, 2013 at 11:48pm
Try that argument in Europe judge. Sign up for an EU iTunes account and the EU will support you in reselling. When you buy something in Europe, it's yours to do with what you like. Unless you live in Cyprus of course. Maybe ReDigi should start accepting bitcoins, then US won't be able to detect who's selling what.
stevo - April 1, 2013 at 10:18pm
how about if i gave out my login and password when i die
TheNovaFilms - April 1, 2013 at 10:19pm
Then your offspring will pay for it
odedo1 - April 1, 2013 at 9:58pm
if would have ever bought music I would give copies for free, but that's me I don't buy unless its on a CD.
TheNovaFilms - April 1, 2013 at 10:01pm
It's illegal to give it out for free.. But that's just me I like to be legal
Frii Stuf - April 2, 2013 at 2:38am
I like free stuff but thats just me
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