Selling your own books, electronics and even furniture will soon be illegal if the Supreme Court says so
by: J. D. Heyes
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
ou would think the U.S. Supreme Court might have more important cases to decide when the nine justices reconvene this fall to begin their next session than whether or not you have the right to resell your own stuff, but you’d be wrong.
Tucked amid high-profile cases including alleged breaches of U.S. law on international soil, the death penalty and affirmative action is whether justices will permit you to “resell everything from your grandmother’s antique furniture to your iPhone4,” The Wall Street Journal/Marketwatch reported recently.
What’s the problem? Isn’t something yours to do with as you please once you buy it? Hasn’t it been that way forever?
At issue, the website says, in the case Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons is something called the “first-sale doctrine,” and it pertains to copyright law. The doctrine permits you to buy and sell things like books, artwork and furniture, electronics and CDs, DVDs and loads of other stuff without having to first obtain permission from the copyright holder of those items.
Getting another piece of the financial pie