Legal News of the Day: Used Digital Music Cannot Be Resold

A U.S. District Court judge for the Southern District of New York held Saturday that “pre-owned” digital music sales is an infringement of copyright.  musicReDigi, Inc. allowed customers to use its platform to buy and sell digital music originally purchased from iTunes–a move away from the first sale docrine that usually allows for the resale of copyrighted materials that have been put into the market already by the publisher/creator.  The judge hesitated to apply the first sale doctrine to the digital world, particularly since Congress itself has not taken that step.