ReDigi: A Used Digital Music Market?

Used digital music? I think "pre-owned" may be more accurate but the concept is as old as the hills—sell music you bought that you longer want:
Simply put, ReDigi is recycled digital media. We’re like your favorite used record store, but for digital music files. We offer the best-quality downloads of your favorite songs for a much lower price than other music stores, and you don't have to worry about songs being lower-quality becuase a digital music file isn't like a CD - it never gets scratched or worn out.
But is it legal?
The thing that sets ReDigi apart from any company that has attempted to do what we are doing is our revolutionary patent pending technology that facilitates the “verification” and "hand off" of a digital music file from the seller to the buyer, ensuring both that the file is from a legitimate source and eligible for resale on ReDigi, and that any additional copies of a sold file that may have been made by the seller (e.g., for use on multiple devices in accordance with “fair use” limitations on copying for personal use), are also deleted.
It should comas no surprise that the RIAA disagrees and they did so by serving ReDigi a letter on November 11, 2011,
Leaving aside our concern regarding whether and how ReDigi can confirm that its users actually lawfully posses the sound recording that is being offered for sale (which is significant given trhe amount of infringing content on the Internet), there can be no doubt that ReDigi's conduct constitutes willfull copyright infringement. As you are no doubt aware, the United States Copyright Act reserves to the owner of copyright the exclusive right to reproduce the copyrighted work, prepare deriviate works from the original, and distribute copies of the work and derivative works. If ReDigi wants to engage in any of those acts, it must first get a license to do so, which it has not done.
The RIAA goes on to demand ReDigi cease and desist what it is they intend to do for any music created by RIAA Members and they remind Redigi that "statutory damages for willful copyright infringement can be as high as $150,000 per work infringed."

Interesting case, no? For more you can start here.

deckeda's picture

There's probably a way to resell digital songs to the RIAA's satisfaction but I don't see the them as sufficiently motivated to help facillitate it.