Do I have your attention?
I’m not usually political on Living Small (I save all my angsty stuff for my Wicked Blog). This blog and this passion of mine is all about living my way and leaving others to their own devices. Live and let live, if you will.
But recently a case upheld in appellate court is headed for the Supreme Court. If it’s held up there, life as I know it will change (and life as you know it, too).
The potential for calamity lies in the reversal of the First Sale Doctrine of 1908, which basically says once you buy something it’s yours and you can do with it as you please… including selling it.
The current case would change the law so that in order to sell anything that has a foreign copyright (or a part inside that something with a foreign copyright) you would have to get the permission of the holder of that right before you could sell it.
I’m not joking. It’s coming up for consideration on October 29th and it may be something you want to keep an eye on. Think of what would happen to some of our favorite haunts … the places that make it easier to live with less and to spend less to have what we need… yard sales, thrift shops, antique malls, peddler’s malls, Goodwill, eBay, Craigslist, classified ads, used cars lots (and individual sellers of used cars), Big Lots (they are a reseller for overstocks from other stores, so they would have to get permission to resell).
It would force more industry to manufacture their products overseas to be afforded control over resale that the foreign companies have to prevent a competitive market edge, or the local companies would go out of business.
Think of it. Just read this for more information and think about ALL the far-reaching implications. Then wait a few minutes and more will occur to you… and more… and more…
They just keep coming!