Your right to resell gaming hardware might be on the chopping block

Posted on October 29, 2012 - 3:33pm by Sean Hinz

In 1908, a first-sale doctrine was outlined that allowed you to resell your stuff, because copyright holders would only have first sale control of said product. Now that doctrine is being challenged and products made overseas might require you to contact the copyright holder and get permission to resell a product. The reason why this doctrine is being reviewed is because a native to Thailand was attending school in the U.S. and realized that his books were cheaper in Thailand. So he bought a bunch and sold them on eBay, netting a cool 1.2 million dollars. That’s a lot of books! The book publisher was less than pleased.

Since most games are manufactured in the regions they’re distributed, it shouldn’t have too much effect on trade-ins for actual games, but gaming hardware might be another story. As we all know, China is responsible for many of our electronics. Devices like smartphones and consoles used for playing games would therefore be a part of this. Now I don’t think this will actually be upheld since it tramples on Capitalism, but it is crazy to think that foreign goods might not be available for resale anymore. Businesses like Craigslist and eBay would probably cease to exist. Spooky. We will keep you up-to-date as this story develops.

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