Can you imagine not being to sell your old Sony camera?

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Can you imagine not being to sell your old Sony camera?
Oct 11, 2012

This article reports about a case before the U.S. Supreme Court that could make it difficult to sell your old camera equipment, or anything made overseas, without the permission of the copyright holder.

http://articles.marketwatch.com/2012-10-04/finance/34240922_1_copyright-iphone-john-wiley-sons

An appellate court has already ruled that you need permission from the copyright owner to resell anything made overseas. Even if the product, like a car, made in the USA, contains part made overseas, you would need approval.

A product made in the USA, made completely of parts made in this country are subject to the principle of 'first sale'-

"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."

Let's hope that the U.S. Supreme Court takes the side of the consumer in this matter, otherwise we may not be able to resell our old gear, or buy used gear.

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