The Digital Media Project

 

Source

Craig Schultz

 

Title

TRU #25 of First sale/Personal loan

No.

040119schultz01r01

 

Name:

Craig Schultz

Affiliation/additional information:

Multimedia Architectures

Date submitted:

2004/01/19

 

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Criteria

Description

1.

Name of TRU

First sale/Personal loan.

2.

Summary description of TRU

After the initial purchase, the purchased digital media may be disposed of in any way the purchaser chooses.  Examples are, re-selling, loaning, giving away.

3.

Use records of TRU

For some types of information carrying media such as books or phonorecords, the owner could use and dispose of what was acquired in any way the owner wanted.  Books could be given away or re-sold as could phonorecords.  Used books and albums stores are prevalent in almost any city of moderate size.

4.

Nature of TRU

Title 17, Chapter 1, Section 109 limits this TRU, in the case of audio recordings and computer software to cases where the owner of the copyright must give authorization for any use or disposal other than the original purchaser using the audio recordings or computer software.  Interestingly enough, there is no mention of restrictions regarding video content.

5.

Benefits of TRU

Users will be more inclined to purchase content that they are unsure of if they know they can re-sell it or give it away if they find it not to their taste.

A User will be able to share content with a friend or family member without worry to the copyright owner that mass distribution is taking place.

6.

Possible digital support

Enable a complete transfer of rights from one User to another.

7.

Requirements

The ability to revoke one’s own rights to access and transfer those rights to another.

8. References