Next week, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether you have the right to sell your stuff on eBay. Do you really own the smartphone or computer you’re using to read this? If you sold your books, would you be breaking the law? A federal court in New York says you would be, even if you legally paid for and bought them.
It’s unbelievable, but trademark and copyright holders are trying to use a legal loophole to take away your right to sell things that you own. The mainstream media is starting to catch on, with the Wall Street Journal just running an article headlined, “YOUR RIGHT TO RESELL YOUR OWN STUFF IS IN PERIL”. Please add your name at right to fight back.
Public interest advocates are taking the case all the way to the Supreme Court, and Demand Progress is joining up with a coalition of groups — including many of those that came together to kill SOPA — to support the rights of ordinary Internet users and everyday consumers.
Once again, big entertainment company lobbyists are fighting us in the courts to ensure their profits are given higher priority than consumer rights. But this time the MPAA and RIAA have the Obama administration on their side — they’ve all filed legal briefs asking the Supreme Court to restrict our right to resell the things we own..
The right-wing hate machine seems to be revving up its engines.
Host Chris Matthews pointed to John Sununu arguing Colin Powell endorsed Obama because they were both black, Sarah Palin using the phrase “shuck and jive” about the commander-in-chief, and Donald Trump demanding Obama release more documents and calling the jobs numbers “a lot of monkey business.”
“If the Romney campaign is really winning you have to ask, then you wouldn’t think they’d be acting like this,” said host Chris Matthews.
Reid argued the brouhahas were all strategic. “This is about over and over again tweaking the Archie Bunker crowd,” said Reid, referring to the 1970s television sitcom blue-collar character criticized for being racist.