PLEASE TAKE ACTION: SIGN the linked petition mentioned below–and SHARE and RE-POST the petition on social networks you use and visit—Facebook, Google+, MySpace, etc., and with your loved ones and friends :
If you do, you had better read this post carefully.
The latest skirmish in the copyright/property rights war is now taking place.
Big Content wants to use this court case to eliminate the Doctrine of First Sale, which allows you the freedom to re-sell your personal property. At stake is your right to re-sell the goods you own (iPod, used books, CDs, licensed merchandise, etc.) online on eBay, Craigslist, or even IN PERSON (yard sales and flea markets!).
Or, you might be required to obtain permission to sell the property from the companies who originally manufactured it, or hold the intellectual-property rights to it. And those companies might refuse you permission to resell the property, or even require you to pay them a fee or commission on its sale.
This would be intolerable in America. It’s more than a little astounding that such an issue has even been brought before the Supreme Court. But it is happening, in this county, at this time
Unfortunately, Big Content now has an extra-large ally on their side: the White House. The United States Solicitor General has rejected consumers’ pleas to enjoin businesses from suing individuals for the lawful resale of their personal property, & has filed a brief in the Kirstaeng case.
We realize that this is a particularly awkward time for any of us to think about a political issue other than the presidential and senatorial campaigns. But it’s a vital issue, and one that directly affects a very important American freedom for EVERYONE.
PLEASE FIGHT BACK! Sign the petition at the link below, urging the Administration and Congress to preserve the Doctrine of First Sale—a basic American freedom—and to cease supporting copyright trolls!
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Thank you for standing up for your own and others’ property rights!