US firm ReDigi’s attempts to launch a secondhand marketplace for digital music have proved controversial in its homeland, sparking a lawsuit from EMI’s Capitol Records. However, the company is pressing on with its expansion plans, telling the Financial Times that it will launch in Europe in the first quarter of this year with a site to help people resell their digital music and books, with games, software and films to follow. “Property laws the world over have always been that if you buy something, you have the right to resell it,” CEO John Ossenmacher tells the FT. “Companies like EMI are trying to change the status quo by trying to take away people’s property rights and their rights to resell their goods just because they happen to be digital.” More lawsuits incoming? One lawyer contacted for the piece suggests reselling isn’t the problem in Europe – thanks to a ruling in a software case last year – but any attempts to circumvent DRM protection could be the issue.

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