And as if things aren’t scary enough nowadays,… Waiting on the U.S. Supreme Court docket is Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, which questions whether or not you have the right to re-sell things you buy out of the country – or whether the copyrights embodied by your phones, clothes, gadgets, books, music, DVDs, and other possessions mean that you can’t sell your stuff without permission from the original manufacturer.
Yepl You read that right: according to the argument being presented, consumers don’t own what they purchased (which kind of begs the questions, then what the hell are we paying in the first place!?). As reported in MarketWatch:
Put simply, though Apple has the copyright on the iPhone and Mark Owen does on the book “No Easy Day,” you can still sell your copies to whomever you please whenever you want without retribution. That’s being challenged now for products that are made abroad and if the Supreme Court upholds an appellate court ruling it would mean that the copyright holders of anything you own that has been made in China, Japan or Europe, for example, would have to give you permission to sell it. “It means that it’s harder for consumers to buy used products and harder for them to sell them,” said Jonathan Bland (sic: Jonathan’s surname is actually “Band”), an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, who filed a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of the American Library Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries and the Association for Research Libraries. “This has huge consumer impact on all consumer groups.”
As Market Watch point out:
Another likely result is that it would hit you financially because the copyright holder would now want a piece of that sale:
“It could be your personal electronic devices or the family jewels that have been passed down from your great-grandparents who immigrated from Spain. It could be a book that was written by an American writer but printed and bound overseas, or an Italian painter’s artwork. There are implications for a variety of wide-ranging U.S. entities, including libraries, musicians, museums and even resale juggernauts eBay Inc. EBAY -1.54% and Craigslist. U.S. libraries, for example, carry some 200 million books from foreign publishers.”
So there you have it: first, folks are losing their homes owning to the collapse of the various financial houses who got involved in the derivative markets like a bunch of crack house whores; consumers are already being pegged with flat wages and rising energy costs while the number of students in debt to their tuition loans is now legion – and now folks don’t really own that which they buy?
And yes, so much for Ebay or Craigslist: interesting how these entities are not corporate entities all of a sudden are now being targeted, thus eliminating yet more commercially viable entities.
It’s all part of the New Order: economic Serfdom. Total corporate dominance at the cost of all other smaller businesses and consumer interests.
More from MarketWatch here: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/your-right-to-resell-your-own-stuff-is-in-peril-2012-10-04?mod=wsj_share_tweet