After you purchase a song, you have certain rights like the ability to access the file. The First Sale Doctrine gives people the right to lend, resell, or give away works that they have bought. (applies to physical media or license-free downloads) Currently, the US Supreme Court is dealing with the case of Kirtsaeng v. Wiley that could undermine the First Sale Doctrine and make ownership feel more like licensing. On Music Think Tank, Tom Dennehy posts about the possible implications of this case and the First Sale Doctrine. What do you think of this case?
“The so-called “Parade of Horribles” resulting from a ruling for Wiley are many and far-reaching: foreign manufacturers like Toyota having to seek permission from all owners of copyrighted content in their vehicles before import and sale in the US...”