It’s Illegal to Resell iTunes Songs Online, Court Rules
Digital music cannot be sold secondhand over the Internet, even if the seller deletes the original file, a federal judge ruled last week.
The precedent-setting decision handed down by a district court in New York has implications for other digital goods like books and movies as well. “Courts have not previously addressed whether the unauthorized transfer of a digital music file over the Internet – where only one file exists before and after the transfer – constitutes reproduction within the meaning of the Copyright Act,” the opinion states. “The Court holds that it does.”
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