Taking a look at arguments in CD re-sale case

Universal NBC-Universal senior counsel Ben Sheffner’s invaluable Copyrights and Campaigns site recaps Monday’s arguments in the CD-resale case currently before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Seattle.

The appellate court is mulling a U.S. District Court decision in Universal Music Group’s lawsuit against journalist Troy Augusto, who resold the company’s promotional CDs. Like other major labels, UMG maintains that its promo copies are its property and not for resale; Augusto’s attorneys successfully convinced the federal court in 2008 that he had the right to resell the promotional goods online. UMG is now appealing the decision.

Sheffner’s recap of the appellate hearing provoked some lively commentary from readers. The post also includes links to documents in the case, courtesy of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

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