ReDigi Infringed Capitol Records' Songs, Judge Rules

Law360, New York (April 1, 2013, 4:03 PM EDT) -- A New York federal judge ruled Saturday that online music service ReDigi Inc., which lets subscribers resell used songs, had infringed the copyrights of Vivendi SA’s Capitol Records.

U.S. District Judge Richard J. Sullivan said the Copyright Act’s first sale doctrine — which allows consumers to resell legally purchased used works without permission from copyright holder — doesn’t protect ReDigi’s service.

Ruling on a novel dispute he’s previously called “fascinating,” Judge Sullivan said ReDigi’s cloud-based service actually created a new digital copy of songs, rather than...
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