Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Digital Death of Copyright's First Sale Doctrine; Freedom to Tinker, 10/11/11

Annemarie Bridy, Freedom to Tinker; The Digital Death of Copyright's First Sale Doctrine:

"As the transition from physical to streaming or cloud-based digital distribution continues, further divorcing copyrighted works from their traditional tangible embodiments, it will increasingly be the case that consumers do not own the information goods they buy (or, rather, think they've bought). Under the court's decision in Vernor, all a copyright owner has to do to effectively repeal the statutory first sale doctrine is draft a EULA that (1) specifies that the user is granted a license; (2) significantly restricts the user's ability to transfer the software; and (3) imposes notable use restrictions."

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