Monday, October 29, 2012
Web Alert: Did you know?
There is "You're Been Owned" Ribbon on left side of this website. On Monday October 29, 2012, the U.S Supreme Court will decide whether you have the right to sell your stuff on eBay.
A federal court in New York says you would, even if you legally paid for and brought them. It's unbelievable, but trademark and copyright holders are trying to use a legal loophole to take away your right to sell things that you own.
Here is a petition that is going to Congress and President Obama below.
"We, the undersigned, believe that we should truly own the things that we buy. When
Americans purchase legitimate goods, they should be assured that the goods can be
resold, given away, and used in any legal manner they see fit.
The federal government should support and promote the ability of Americans to own
and use these products, not just rent and license them. The government, and this
administration, should support ownership rights for the following reasons:
1. Americans must have the right to buy a good, confident in the knowledge that they
own it and may use it for any legal purpose.
2. Americans need to be free to buy and sell their legitimate goods in a robust and
successful free market.
3. Goods manufactured overseas should not have more legal protection than
These ownership rights are at issue in an upcoming case before the Supreme Court,
Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. But that case is just one in a long line of events
that have eroded Americans' rights in their personal property. We ask that the President
express his support of ownership rights"
Please check out www.youvebeenowned.org for more information.