Selling My Used (Digital) Books

So, I go to Amazon and buy a paper novel.

Read it. Done with it.
I put it back on Amazon’s Used Book section and sell it to someone else.

All good and legal.

Now, let’s say I go to Amazon and buy the same novel in digital format it.

Read it. Done with it.

Can I:

Sell one digital copy of it, if I erase my own copy(s)?

Is there a market that needs to be created here? For instance, adding a feature into the Digital Rights Management for management and commerce of used goods. If I buy old media versions of a novel or a song, I have the right to sell it if I don’t want it anymore. It looks like we are losing that market with the current DRM model. Of course, all the media companies hate the used book and CD market, but they couldn’t do anything about it until DRM came along.

So, if media companies want everyone to accept DRM, then they have to give us the ability to exercise the same rights we had with old school media. Otherwise, people will go to some lengths to avoid DRM plagued media.

I wonder if Amazon is already working on the ‘Used Goods’ Marketplace for DRM based media.

Or by nature of DRM, does this mean that Apple, Adobe, Microsoft and others will have to necessarily control the Used Goods marketplace for all media that uses their particular DRM schemes? I suppose they could make them work with Amazon and others, if they wanted to. Basically, the records of the license transfer for using the media would need to be maintained by a central repository for it to work. (And they already maintain this repository for your initial purchase to work.)
heh, this starts to get into the Orwellian world where the big corporations (and NSA) know ‘everything’ you read and listen to that is DRM compatible.  In fact, I bet the US intelligence community absolutely loves the thought of having this much information about everyone. Of course, then there is China and the lot. I suppose the Chinese government will try to impose laws that they have access to all Chinese citizens’ DRM records if a given company wants to sell digital goods to Chinese citizens.

Scary and scarier.

But that’s ok because strong encryption is free and open sourced. Because of this, people will always be able to circumvent their governments’, corporations’, employers’ domestic spy programs with varying degrees of effort.

Now, can I sell my digital copy of ‘Altered Carbon’ to you?

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