Do You Sell Used Items? – Trans-Pacific Partnership Proposes the End of the Doctrine of First Sale

IANAL, but I was fascinated by this in-depth history of the Doctrine of First Sale (which allows me to sell used records to anyone willing to pay) and analysis of the most recent attempt to blow it up.
It’s slightly heavy going, with quite a bit of law jargon, but the thrust of the piece leads to the remarkable conclusion that the TPP proposal, in an attempt to protect US industries which rely largely on copyrighted works, will actually drive then to make all copies abroad. At the same time it will finally kill the market for used books, records, CDs, DVDs, games and computer programs.

Trans-Pacific Partnership Proposes Copyright Suppression of Price Competition.

Slightly less technical coverage of the article at TechDirt

1 Comment on "Do You Sell Used Items? – Trans-Pacific Partnership Proposes the End of the Doctrine of First Sale"

  1. Jim Finnigan | March 8, 2012 at 9:07 am |

    Note that they are not including copyright ‘artworks’ (painting, sculpture) because the rich want to be able to resell those at whatever price they want. I wonder if commerce in rare books would be killed too?

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