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Old 22nd May 2009 | Show parent
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Actually, under the "first sale doctrine" of copyright law (US Code 17 USC 109), one can resell any original copy they legitimately paid for.

This is why a person can sell a used copy of any music cd or dvd on Ebay. The license of said music or movie was granted to the buyer, not ownership of said music or movie.

Of course, music and movie studios would love to make the resell of originally, legally purchased DVDs, Books, CDs, etc illegal, but the US Supreme Court stepped in.

The iLok can charge $25 per transfer is, as stated, "They Can". They control the access. It's the same with any power arrangement. It's actually prevalent through-out nature as well. They who hold the power get paid.