ReDigi has technology that helps transfer ownership of digital media—but it’s already being sued by the record industry.
Jessica Leber, Wednesday, August 15, 2012
In the iTunes store, the hit song “Someone Like You” by Adele sells for $1.29. Head over to ReDigi, an online marketplace where people can resell the music files they’ve purchased, and there’s the track for only 59 cents.
It’s the very same soulful tune. The difference is that ReDigi calls the copy on its site “used” or “recycled” (it was originally sold on iTunes). These are terms usually applied to physical goods like worn novels or unwanted CDs, not the growing volume of songs, books, and games composed of easily shared, everlasting bits. ReDigi’s plans—and the legal debate they have generated—touch on the changing nature of ownership in an increasingly digital age (see “A Cloud over Ownership”).