Forget fiscal stimulus or even quantitative easing, imagine the ‘boom’ to the economy if it is suddenly illegal to sell used products?
The Supreme Court will rule this fall on whether it is legal to resell any product without the consent of the original copyright holder.
Welcome to the totalitarian, socialistic state known as the USSA.
It could become “illegal” to resell your iPhone 4, car or family antiques
Tucked into the U.S. Supreme Court’s agenda this fall is a little-known case that could upend your ability to resell everything from your grandmother’s antique furniture to your iPhone 4.
At issue in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons 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.
Under the doctrine, which the Supreme Court has recognized since 1908, you can resell your stuff without worry because the copyright holder only had control over the first sale.
If the Supreme Court upholds the appellate court ruling, look for SWAT team raids on Grandma’s garage sale:
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.
“It means that it’s harder for consumers to buy used products and harder for them to sell them,” said Jonathan Band, an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, who filed a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of the American Library Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries and the Association for Research Libraries. “This has huge consumer impact on all consumer groups.”
Another likely result is that it would hit you financially because the copyright holder would now want a piece of that sale.
It appears that the slippery slope of totalitarianism is about to get a little steeper.