And i've got 3,000 dust collectors in the garage
New "pawn shop" laws are springing up across the United States that will make selling your used CDs at the local record shop something akin to getting arrested. No, you won't spend any time in jail, but you'll certainly feel like a criminal once the local record shop makes copies of all of your identifying information and even collects your fingerprints.
By fnord12 | May 9, 2007, 2:13 PM | Music
assholes. like they don't make enough money bleeding everybody. and then they cry piracy in the name of the artist when the artist doesn't get any of the profits either. assholes, again.
I have a prediction. People are going to flock to ebay and other web based used item sites to sell their used CD's and DVD's. The music industry and possibly the movie industry will put pressure on lawmakers to make a national law regarding the sale of used CD's and DVD's through the web. eBay will counter by stating that the practice of making them responsible for checking the legitimacy of each copy sold through their site is unfair to their business and implausible to implement.
After that, the lawmakers will most likely side with eBay for 2 reasons. Number one, a consumer shopping on that site assumes that they are buying a legit copy of an album or movie, but its just used. So selling a pirate copy runs the risk of being reported by the purchaser.
Second, checking the legitimacy of items not in the possession of the website is impossible. eBay cannot go to each seller and check every copy of every CD or DVD for sale. Its impossible. As long as eBay maintains a policy that it does not condone the act of selling pirated materials, they can't be held liable. Ultimately, it will be up to the individual purchasers to report pirated materials.