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Submission + - Supreme Court to Decide Whether or Not You Own What You Own (

Jafafa Hots writes: "The Supreme Court is set to decide, in the case of Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, whether or not First Sale Doctrine applies to products made with parts sourced from outside the United States.
If the Supreme Court upholds an appellate ruling, it would mean that the IP holders of anything you own that has been made in China, Japan or Europe, for example, would have to give you permission to sell it.
Your old used CDs, cell phone, books, or that Ford truck with foreign parts? It may not be yours to sell unless you get explicit permission and presumably pay royalties.

âoeIt would be absurd to say anything manufactured abroad canâ(TM)t be bought or sold here,â said Marvin Ammori, a First Amendment lawyer and Schwartz Fellow at the New American Foundation who specializes in technology issues."


Submission + - Google to launch Facebook killer?

Jafafa Hots writes: First rumored this week via Twitter by Digg founder Kevin Rose,
SF Weekly now reports that a source "very close" to Google has confirmed that Google is about to launch a new social networking service designed to compete with Facebook.

So, which will it be — the next Orkut, or the next Google Buzz?

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