Start-up company ReDigi plans to allow users to sell used e-books despite being told by a federal judge that selling used music is illegal.
Finished with that digital copy of “The Help” on your Kindle and hoping to sell it somewhere else?
Sorry – e-books being sold used may not be legal just yet.
ReDigi, a start-up based in Massachusetts which allows users to resell digital music on their site, was told by a federal judge that Capitol Records' rights are violated by such a practice. The company is planning to allow consumers to sell used e-books this summer. ReDigi has been in existence since 2011 and was planning an overhaul late this summer to begin emphasizing e-book content.
According to the law, e-books are considered an original version of the author’s work. If you’ve already bought a version and then sell it to someone else, you’re making an illegal copy of the original work (the text you downloaded).
By contrast, according to the law, if you sell a used print book to your friend, you’re not making another copy of it, so you’re not going against the author’s copyright.