Game Over for First Sale

Stephen McIntyre
Video game companies have long considered secondhand game retailers a threat to their bottom lines. With the next generation of gaming consoles on the horizon, some companies are experimenting with technological tools to discourage and even prevent gamers from buying and selling used games. Most significantly, a recent patent application describes a system for suppressing secondhand sales by permanently identifying game discs with a single video game console. This technology flies in the face
more » ... copyright law's "first sale" doctrine, which gives lawful purchasers the right to sell, lease, and lend DVDs, CDs, and other media.
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