ReDigi Loses: You Can’t Resell Your MP3s (Unless You Sell Your Whole Hard Drive)

Techdirt logoI wonder how this will impact’s idea that you’ll be able to resell “used” ebooks.

Basically, under this interpretation, you can never “transfer” a digital file. You can only make a reproduction under copyright law. And, yes, computers transfer files by making copies of them, but it seems a bit ridiculous that the whole concept of a transfer can be wiped out because of that. In fact, by this interpretation, even streaming (which still involves all the data being temporarily copied to your local computer) would count as reproduction. ReDigi pointed this out, noting the possibility of merely cleaning up your own hard drive being considered infringing, but the court buys Capitol Records’s (EMI) argument that such uses are protected under other theories.

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