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  •  First sale doctrine controversy... (2+ / 0-)
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    Susan from 29, RiveroftheWest

    ...over resales of used books, records/CDs, video tapes/DVDs, etc, is nothing new.  The first sale doctrine pretty much states that once a book or CD or DVD has been sold the first time, the owners can loan it out, rent it, or sell it off at their own option.

    We've gone through several attempts where companies in the so-called creative industries have tried to modify the first sale doctrine to either control resales or to allow the original publisher of the material to collect a cut of resales.

    However, the lead on these (unsuccessful) efforts has generally gone from either record companies (as it did in the nineties) or the movie studios (back in the eighties).  While it also potentially affects book publishers, I am not aware that they have ever taken the lead in attempts to modify the first sale doctrine.

    Political Compass: -6.75, -3.08

    by TexasTom on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 06:28:17 AM PST

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    •  In the new era of ebooks they don't have to (1+ / 0-)
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      fiddle with the doctrine, they simply refuse to sell the books, only issuing licenses.

      But the digital era is cutting into their profits on the bound books as used ones are so much easier to find online than they ever were in dusty used bookstores.

      There hasn't been a lot of talk about changing the doctrine,  the small publishers are simply going out of business.

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