Redigi can't resell iTunes files

REDIGI NO CAN DO: A Federal court has ruled that startup ReDigi can’t do what it says it can do—let users resell songs they bought on iTunes, Peter Kafka reports on All Things D. In a judgment filed Saturday, U.S. District Judge Richard Sullivan sided with Capitol Records, which had sued ReDigi for copyright violation. Sullivan’s argument, in a nutshell, according to Kafka: Unless the copyright owner gives you explicit permission to do so, you can’t resell a digital media file. ReDigi used multiple arguments to support its case, including the “first sale doctrine” that supports companies like Netflix when it comes to physical goods; you can see Sullivan shoot them all down in his decision. Sullivan granted a partial summary judgment in Capitol’s favor, and told both sides to report back to him by April 12 for next steps. (4/2a)

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