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

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 Richard_at_work ( 517087 ) <{richardprice} {at} {}> on Sunday June 29, 2014 @09:18AM (#47344215)

    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.

    Not entirely applicable here due to the type of property being resold, but the European Union disagrees with you under the 2001 Resale Rights Directive 2001/84/EC which entitles artists to receive a royalty on the resale of their original or limited works up to a total of 12,500 Euros. The directive sets out a sliding scale of royalty levels, from 4% up to a resale price of 50,000 Euros, to 0.25% for greater than 500,000 Euros.

    This right is seen as an inalienable right of the artist.

Exceptions prove the rule, and wreck the budget. -- Miller