This statute was developed in order to protect and limit the use of copyrighted digital material. I am particularly interested in the e-books domain. My observation is:
- If I buy a physical book, it is my property. I can do with it whatever I choose (lend it to a friend, donate it, resell it online, etc.)
- If I buy a digital book, it is my psuedo-property. I am limited in my options of what I do with it (cannot lend it, cannot redistribute it) even though I paid the same amount of money for it as a physical book.
Does this law give publishers the sole authority of who can distribute books and how they do it?
i.e. Joe can open a corner bookshop and purchase inventory and re-sell that inventory. However, Joe can't open an online book shop and sell e-books without permission.