First-sale doctrine

Would you sell your Kindle to sell a used book?

December 23, 2010: 12:18 PM ET

A recent Supreme Court decision, confusing Copyright Office rules and Amazon's Kindle policies all indicate that the only way consumers will ever get to resell "used" ebooks may be to sell their hard drives, too.

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By Seth Greenstein, contributor

The holiday season is upon us, and with it thoughts of peace on earth, goodwill... and the latest electronic media.  Visions of Kindles and Kinects dance in children's heads (and no doubt yours as well), and iTunes store cards invitingly peek from stocking tops.  But as consumers embrace digital media, businesses and courts grapple with a question that has proved as elusive as it is essential:  when you "buy" an e-book, an MP3, or a downloaded TV show or movie, what do you really "own"? More

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