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Want To Resell Your Ebooks? You'd Better Act Fast 72

Posted by timothy
from the semantic-boundaries dept.
Nate the greatest (2261802) writes "Here in the US it is legal to resell your MP3s on Redigi, and thanks to the UsedSoft decision you can resell downloaded software in Europe. But if you want to resell your ebooks you had better act fast. Tom Kabinet launched last week in the Netherlands to offer a marketplace for used ebooks, and it is already getting legal threats. The Dutch Trade Publishers Association (GAU) says that the site is committing piracy and if it doesn't shut down the GAU plans to take it to court. Citing a ruling from a German court, secretary general of the GAU Martijn David said that the question of legality had already been settled. Would anyone care to place a bet on whether the site is still in operation in 6 months?"
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Want To Resell Your Ebooks? You'd Better Act Fast

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 29, 2014 @07:01AM (#47344017)

    I still find it fucking hilarious that people think they have a right to control information.

    Copy right is a temporary privilege created by a pragmatic government. Today it's been corrupted almost beyond recognition. No author may be compelled to produce work, so any author who thinks they are entitled by moral right to payment for the creation of copies of their work is welcome to fuck off and find another job - there are 7 billion other people in the world who aren't so whiny.

  • by mwvdlee (775178) on Sunday June 29, 2014 @07:04AM (#47344023) Homepage

    We're not talking about breaking into an author's house, stealing a transscript and copying it many times. We're talking about buying a legitimate copy from the author and passing that single, original medium along to somebody else.

    Authors have right to be paid for their work. They do not have a right to be paid for paying customers selling the customers' property.

  • by Alain Williams (2972) <addw@phcomp.co.uk> on Sunday June 29, 2014 @07:28AM (#47344069) Homepage

    Who reads a book twice?

    You might not want to read a novel more than once, but many books are not story books. Eg: an academic text book; a reference book - these you might read and want to keep so that you can look up points of detail later.

    Having said that:: I have read 'Lord of the Rings' 3 times.

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