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Second hand goods are still legal

07/29/07 | by Adam | Categories: Copyright

Link: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2007/07/26/kraft-euroexcellence-scoc.html?ref=rss

Kraft foods tried to use copyright infringement as an argument to prevent grey market imports of their chocolate bars into Canada. Canada's Supreme Court fortunately disagreed with Kraft's argument and disallowed their suit. Although the article doesn't go into much further detail other than citing the case as "unusual", this could have been a extremely far reaching decision. Had Kraft won, this would have been an opening for anything bearing copyrighted material (including trademarks based on what Kraft was using) to be restricted by the original copyright holder.

Think about this for a moment: any book, magazine, CD, clothing, hardware, in fact any physical media at all that bears or resembles anything containing copyright could no longer be sold or distributed without the express permission of the copyright holder. Anything.

 

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