The Register reports that a US District Court has ruled that ReDigi, an online marketplace that allows users to sell their purchased music files, violates copyright law.
Cambridge, Massachusetts based ReDigi, which launched its service in October 2011, had claimed to be “the world’s first, real legal alternative to expensive online music retailers and to illegal file sharing.”
The court disagreed, finding that ReDigi’s service infringed on copyright owners’ exclusive rights to reproduce and distribute their works.
Company Pleased That Judge Does Not Rule Against ReDigi’s 2.0 Technology And Vows To Challenge The Narrow Ruling On Its Legacy Service
Cambridge, MAss. based ReDigi (www.redigi.com), claiming to be the world’s largest online marketplace for the resale of pre-owned digital media, has issued the following statement regarding US District Court Judge Sullivan’s ruling regarding ReDigi’s 1.0 service technology.
We are disappointed in Judge Sullivans ruling regarding ReDigis 1.0 service technology. For those who are unaware, ReDigi 1.0 was the original beta launch technology, which has been superseded by ReDigi 2.0 the updated service incorporates patent pending Direct to Cloud Technology and Atomic Transfer Technology that the court stated are not affected by its recent ruling. Judge Sullivan specifically stated that; referring to ReDigi 2.0, the court will not consider it in this action and while ReDigi 2.0, 3.0, or 4.0 may ultimately be deemed to comply with copyright law a finding that the Court need not and does not now make.
The case has wide ranging, disturbing implications that affect how we as a society will be able to use digital goods. The Order is surprising in light of last months United States Supreme Courts decision in Kirtsaeng v. Wiley & Sons, which reaffirmed the importance and applicability of the First Sale Doctrine in the United States Of America. Also, within the past year the European Court of Justice has also favorably underscored the importance of the first sale or copyright exhaustion doctrine and its direct application to digital transactions.
ReDigi will continue to keep its ReDigi 2.0 service running and will appeal the ReDigi 1.0 decision, while supporting the fundamental rights of lawful digital consumers.
ReDigi is the worlds first online marketplace for the resale of pre-owned digital media, and a one-stop shop that allows users to store, stream, buy and sell legally acquired digital media. ReDigi’s technology is covered by numerous patent applications and functions to ensure the rights of consumers, artists, authors and copyright holders are protected in a far superior way than ever previously thought possible, and protects the integrity of the process from those looking to misuse digital content. ReDigi is also the first company in history to provide artists and authors a recurring revenue stream by offering Artist/Author Syndication as part of the secondary marketplace.
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