In the ReDigi case, the court ruled that owners of MP3 files do not have the same property rights as the owners of physical CDs. In the Kirtsaeng case, the Supreme Court seemed to tip the balance or rights in favor of the buyer, rather than the rights owner. But as the legislative battle in California shows, the fundamental debate over virtual property rights is not likely to remain limited to recorded or published media.
The Supreme Court sided with a student textbook seller agains the publisher John Wiley in a major dispute over who can resell copyrighted works.
There’s a brewing conflict over consumers’ rights to use platforms like ReDigi to resell their books, music and other digital property. Now libraries and companies like eBay and Redbox are leading a campaign to pass “You bought it, you own it” laws.
Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) won an appeal yesterday that confirmed it can stop others from selling clones of its popular computers. But the court als…