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Originally posted by Staroth
reply to post by bigyin
I live in America and I can tell you, this will not happen. Even if it does people will still continue on, just like any other day. That's America! They may pass gun laws but they will never stop women at a yard sale
Originally posted by bigyin
I'm not in or from USA but I didnt know whether to laugh or cry at reading this article
It could become illegal to resell your iPhone 4, car or family antiques
Basically it is saying that, if the law is passed, anybody would not be able to sell their possessions if they were made outside of US without first getting permission from the manufacturer.
I know this sort of thing has been raised before, especially with firms like Sony who hate it when second hand dvd's are sold, because they see it as them losing a sale.
But I had no idea that there was a move to apply the 'logic' to everything else.
As the article says, the first thing that will happen is that all manufacturing will be moved out of US to provide the owners with the new powers.
In my opinion it's sheer madness and just another Big Corporation idea to control us even more.
Originally posted by lifeform11
Why not just give the stuff to somebody rather than sell it?
For example: "my brother gave me £150 towards the rent, it was a lovely gesture and very kind, to thank him for his kindness i gave him a playstation 3, 10 games, 2 controllers and a HD cable".
A good 'gesture' deserves rewarding.
Originally posted by bigyin
Originally posted by fnpmitchreturns
If the guy was actually buying used text books from people who used them or did the guy have his relatives go to the tore and buy them new and then jut send them to him to resell.
I understand both sides of this suit. I think the guy has crossed the line when new items are purchased in other countries and reshipped and exported to be sold locality here in the USA. On the other hand he could be getting legit used books not recycled new purchases which is ok with me.....
I see the problem being not with the guy but with the overseas distributors who sold the books without an export license to prevent this type of "commercial piracy" ........
I don't think this is any comparison to this and for example Ebay. However, I could this law being twisted by corporate America to create a "rental-for-life" society so this is a dangerous precedent in the making.
What if the guy got his mum to go to the shop and buy new books. Then he bought them off his mum for the same price. That would mean they were secondhand, even if they had been unopened.
It's just the same if anyone goes to any other person and buys an article and then sells it again to somebody else. It's called the free market which we all participate in.
The corporation is just peed off cos he is selling their book for cheaper than they do. Why don't Wileys reduce the price of the book to the same for everywhere. problem solved.
Originally posted by BlueAjah
People definitely have to speak up loudly about this.
Think of all of the poor college students who barely make it through college. They usually need to buy used texts on ebay or from fellow students. They then need to resell their books after a course just to be able to afford the next course. College is already beyond the reach of most students. If they need to only purchase new books, at the outrageous prices charged by publishers, some might never eat, or might not go to college at all. The books for one semester can cost hundreds or thousands when purchased new.
Are you kidding. If this did happen, companies would crop up immediately offering "yours to keep and do with as you please" and everyone would go to them, and the others would all die. Ain't gonna happen. This thing is just about the basic case of buying a ton of books from some other country and selling them here. The article just sensationalizes the "what if" aspect and everyone's biting.