20 Feb Amazon May Re-sell Digital Music
Could Amazon sell secondhand digital music?
By Tom Pakinkis – February 11, 2013 – From Music Week
A patent for re-selling digital content has been granted to online retailer Amazon.
The patent describes a service similar to ReDigi in the US, which has raised copyright concerns with Capitol Records accusing the company of infringement.
The Amazon patent, which was filed in 2009 but granted last month, covers “digital objects including e-books, audio, video, computer applications etc” and could be implemented “when the user no longer desires to retain the right to access the now-used digital content.
“The user may move the used digital content to another user’s personalised data store when permissible and the used digital content is deleted from the originating user’s personalised data store,” it says.
The mechanism could be problematic for rights holders, if they are left out of the loop when it comes to gaining revenue from second-hand digital sales, which could cannibalise sales at digital retailers.