A (very) quick video explanation of how your ability to sell stuff you purchased legally is threatened

  • You walk into a record store and buy the new UK import CD of 2NE1’s new record 2nd, (because you are in the mood for some k-Pop and glitter).
  • You listen to it a few times and move on.
  • You have a yard sale and put out a few CDs for sale.
  • A kid buys it from you.
  • You’ve got a bit of money you can use to buy more CDs.
  • The kid gets started on a whole new trajectory of glitter-pop and hipness

Sounds like a pretty normal day-to-day transaction, no? Well, yes, but it relies upon a legal notion called “the doctrine of first sale”.
And that is now under consideration at the Supreme Court. Which might well tell us that we are not allowed to re-sell something which is made outside the US but can be covered by copyright inside the US (like a CD).
The folks at Demmand Progress have made a very lucid (and short) video explaining it:

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