Amazon Patents "Used" Digital Market

posted on 2013-02-08 23:57 EST

Online retailer Amazon was granted a patent on "secondary market for digital objects" by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Amazon first applied for the patent in 2009 and it includes digital objects such as e-books, audio, video, computer applications, and more.

The patent also states "When the user no longer desires to retain the right to access the now-used digital content, the user may move the used digital content to another user's personalized data store when permissible and the used digital content is deleted from the originating user's personalized data store."

A similar business model is used by ReDigi, a company currently involved in disputes with record labels for allowing users to buy and sell "used" music files purchased on iTunes.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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