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In July, a European Union court sided in favour of UsedSoft, a German company that resold Oracle software, arguing that "an author of a software cannot oppose the resale of his 'used' licences".

The way it should be, you own the software you buy, that is why it's called buying not renting.
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[/EMI argues that digital music is not the same as CDs or books, meaning that the "first sale doctrine" does not apply.

It says that the only way to move music around involves making duplicates, and there is is no way to guarantee all the original owner's copies of the files have been deleted.
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There's no way to guarantee that the original owner doesn't make a copies of a CD and then sells the original CD, so I think that blows that arguement out of the water.

Edited by Socko1965 - 10/6/12 at 11:48pm
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That's like saying "Because there is a chance of you photocopying our book and retaining it, we prohibit you from reselling it." In reality the product being sold is actually the copyright of the intellectual property, and this should be able to be transferred just as someone who purchased a book should be allowed to sell the rights of reading such book to another person via giving them the book.

On the other hand, this company is not violating the law. In no way is it actively infringing or helping to infringe copyright. This is comparable to a publisher suing a bookshop for people selling second hand books after they make a copy of it without seeking permission from the author. EMI just wants more revenue.
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That's like saying "Because there is a chance of you photocopying our book and retaining it, we prohibit you from reselling it." In reality the product being sold is actually the copyright of the intellectual property, and this should be able to be transferred just as someone who purchased a book should be allowed to sell the rights of reading such book to another person via giving them the book.
On the other hand, this company is not violating the law. In no way is it actively infringing or helping to infringe copyright. This is comparable to a publisher suing a bookshop for people selling second hand books after they make a copy of it without seeking permission from the author. EMI just wants more revenue.

Why do you think libraries are threatened with extinction? The same argument EMI are using to take this company to court is being used by publishing houses to penalise libraries, especially now there's a lifetime plus 75 years rule in the US. This assault, however, isn't restricted to the US, it also applies to Europe, though courts are making it harder to shut libraries down, as that would require the suing of the government itself (I'm unaware of laws pertaining to libraries in the US).
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