Mass. Company Stretches First Sale Doctrine
“A tiny Massachusetts company named TVMyPod is selling iPods that come with movies and TV programs already loaded on them, a practice that raises questions of legality as it addresses consumer demand for convenience and portability.
“Customers choose any content currently available on a DVD and which iPod they want. TVMyPod then puts the content on the player and ships the original DVDs along with the iPod restored to its original packaging.”
Reuters. TVMyPod Ventures Into Copyright Gray Area. News.com. Jan. 20, 2006.
Chris Marlowe. IPods Pre-Loaded With Video Tread Legal Gray Zone. Yahoo! News. Jan 20, 2006.
Kevin Maney. Preloaded iPods Prompt Legal Ponderings. USA Today. Jan. 24, 2006.
Editor’s Note: CopyCense‘s K. Matthew Dames has written a comprehensive article on the first sale doctrine. That article, “First Sale in the Digital Age,” appears in the Monday, Jan. 23 edition of CopyCense.
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