Under-Reported News of the Day: Supreme Court May Rule Selling Your Stuff Is Copyright Infringement
Natasha Lennard | Salon
A little-known case “tucked into the U.S. Supreme Court’s agenda this fall could upend your ability to resell everything from your grandmother’s antique furniture to your iPhone 4.”
Under current law — on the books since 1908 — copyright holders only have control over the first sale, so while I cannot take iPhones straight off the factory line and sell them, I am able to sell a device which I first bought from a retailer.
This, Waters reports, is being challenged
In August 2011, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld a lower court’s ruling that anything that was manufactured overseas is not subject to the first-sale principle. Only American-made products or “copies manufactured domestically” were.
…okay. Copyright law will kill us all.
“Collaborative consumption” my ass.