First Sale Doctrine Doesn’t Allow Resale of Digital Songs – Capitol Records v. ReDigi

26 11 2013

[Post by Venkat Balasubramani, with comments from Eric]

Capitol Records, LLC v. ReDigi Inc., 2013 WL 1286134 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 30, 2013)

[There has been a recent whirlwind of copyright activity in the courts. We will try to get caught up soon!]

ReDigi looks like a law professor’s exam question that sprang to life. The basic question involves the legality of a marketplace for digital music files. Unfortunately for ReDigi, the court is not very sympathetic to its enterprise, and the court grants Capitol’s request for summary judgment.  I expect an appeal will be forthcoming.


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