The End of Second Hand Sales?

NOT FOR SALE

There are a lot of cases that go before the Supreme Court and many of them you could probably care less about.

This case is one you’ll want to pay attention to.

It involves copyrights and selling items you own.Corporate Intelligence

At issue in Kirtsaeng v John Wiley & Sons JWA is the first-sale doctrine in copyright law, which allows you to buy and then sell things like electronics, books, artwork and furniture as well as CDs and DVDs, without getting permission from the copyright holder of those products.

Put simply, though Apple has the copyright on the iPhone, you can still sell your copies to whomever you please whenever you want without retribution.

That’s being challenged now for products that are made abroad and if the Supreme Court upholds an appellate court ruling it would mean that the copyright holders of anything you own that has been made in China, Japan or Europe, for example, would have to give you permission to sell it.

 

Millions of Americans would be affected by this.

In case you say so what. If the Supreme Court rules that this law can be enforced and you would have to get permission to sell an item:

 

That could be the end of:

Ebay

Craigslist

Events like Duck, Duck Goose

And any stores that resell items

 

If you do business like this YOU need to be watching to see what happens.