I've been having to try really hard to not get all up in people's faces with a lot of the shitty Government's decisions like NDAA, SOPA, PIPA, etc. over the last couple of years, but here's another one that will affect everyone, especially those of us that sell shit online.
Evidently, if the Supreme Court supports prior rulings, you could only sell something that you've already purchased to someone else "IF" you've gotten permission from each copyright holder used to make said product.
Can you say cluster fuck if they tried to enforce this?
Read the petition site:
YOU'VE BEEN OWNED | Don't Let Copyright Trolls Steal Our Property Rights!
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 really are trying to use a legal loophole to take away your right to sell things that you own: 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.
We are working to defend a long-standing principle known as the "First-Sale Doctrine." This common-sense rule gives us the right to sell most property we own, but big businesses have been trying to chip away at out our rights in the courts. If the Supreme Court supports the lower court’s decision, we won't really “own” anything if any part of it was made in a different country. And practically anything you own -- from your iPod to your house -- could have been made abroad, in whole or in part.