Apple follows Amazon with patent for resale of e-books, music

21 03 2013
Is Apple looking to get into the digital lending and resale game? A recently published Apple patent application indicates as much, making publishers wonder whether Apple is truly their friend or foe. The patent addresses how licensed content such as e-books, music, movies, or even software can be moved between users while attempting to respect the rights of copyright holders. But even with provisions that would pay copyright holders a portion of the content’s resale price, publishers and musicians are unlikely to cheer, as they see digital resale as a threat to their existing revenue models.


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