Defend Your Right to Resell Your Stuff Before Big Business Takes It Away

28 Oct

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Friends —

I just got this email from Demand Progress, and I thought you should know about it:  It highlights an upcoming Supreme Court case that will affect all of us, especially people who sell things online.

 

We’ve told you about the crazy Supreme Court case that could make it illegal for you to sell the things that you own.
Well, the court hearing is set for this Monday, October 29th — and we need you to join us in a day of online activism.
If we lose this fight, practically anybody who wants to resell products they bought — from Macbooks and iPhones to our clothing and textbooks — will have to ask copyright holders for permission first. And they’ll have the right to deny it!
The forces that lined up in support of SOPA — Hollywood, the recording industry, and other huge corporations — are urging the Court to rule against consumers.
So we’re going to fight back — just like during the SOPA fight — by using our websites to sound the alarm. Please click here to sign up to take part!
Here’s a screenshot of what we’re talking about:

Remarkably few people have even heard about this case, and it’s time for us to change that. 
Win or lose at the Supreme Court, we expect to have a legislative fight about this issue on our hands by January, and we need to push people to contact their members of Congress before Big Business gets them to side against us.
So we’ve built a variety of ribbons and ball-and-chain icons that you can put on your site on Monday to help make sure the whole world knows about this horrendous case.
You can view them all here, and sign up to use your site for activism on Monday — we really need your help. 
Participation from a few hundred sites — or even a few dozen — is almost certain to get the media’s attention as they cover the Supreme Court hearing.
Everybody is welcome to join in the day of action, but your friends who sell things online will probably be especially interested. 
Whether they use Craigslist, Ebay, Etsy, or just a personal site or a blog, they’ll want to know that their right to keep selling could be in grave jeopardy.
Will you forward them this email and/or use these links to make sure they know about this lawsuit?

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Thanks for your continuing help!
-Demand Progress

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