Used mp3 website is sued by EMI to no one's real surprise
We’re all aware of the thriving market for pre-owned CDs, DVDs books and games but until now we weren’t aware of anyone having the chutzpah to deal in pre-owned mp3s. They key words as we move into the second paragraph of this story are ‘until now’.
It seems that a Massachusetts-based company called ReDigi have hit upon that rather smart idea, with their website describing itself as “the world's first used marketplace for digital music”, buying unwanted mp3 files from people and selling them on for about 50p, undercutting the likes of iTunes. Balls of steel, eh?
Not unsurprisingly, the music industry is a tad unhappy about this and EMI have been first to set their legal attack dogs on the site. The record company say that, in the act of transferring files from a seller's computer to ReDigi's servers, multiple copies of an MP3 are made, which violates copyright law. As you’d expect, ReDigi have pooh-pooed this claim and are describing the lawsuit as ‘meritless’.
CEO John Ossenmacher says that their receipt of mp3s is "an instantaneous, simultaneous transaction" and adds: "When our transaction goes from one person to another, there's no copying involved in that transaction". ReDigi have said that they will fight the lawsuit "vigorously".
We suspect that we’re only at the very beginning of this one…