Reselling Digital Goods

David Sleight writes about a recent federal court decision which basically eliminates a consumer’s right to resell digital goods such as songs, books, and movies.

This creates a world where we’re barred from ever transferring digital goods we own to another person if we use an electronic network. Insert internet, lose first-sale rights.

This decision disturbs me, because it’s creating an artificial distinction between physical good and digital goods. While digital goods are merely composed of ones and zeroes, they are physical things in a sense, and exist in reality. I think people who buy digital goods on the internet should have a right to resell those goods. I guess we’ll see how this plays out in the future.

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