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Cooling-Off & Secondary Markets: Consumer Choice in the Digital Domain


Michael Mattioli


Indiana University Maurer School of Law

October 1, 2009

Virginia Journal of Law and Technology, Vol. 15, No. 227, 2010

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This article studies the law and economics of cooling-off periods and secondary markets for online media. The discussion is fueled by a current debate: In July 2009, the online retail juggernaut, Amazon.com, remotely deleted literary classics from consumers’ portable “Kindle” reading devices. The public outcry and class-action lawsuit that followed have reinvigorated an ongoing debate about how much control digital media distributors should wield. Pundits and plaintiffs argue that too often, digital distributors like Amazon impair consumer freedom by misusing Digital Rights Management (DRM) software systems. However, these same systems could also provide significant benefits that have largely gone ignored. This article argues that, with the help of DRM, lawmakers could provide for cooling-off periods and nurture secondary markets for downloaded media that would benefit consumers, copyright holders, and digital distributors.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 38

Keywords: Cooling-Off, Cooling off, Secondary Markets, Digital Resale, Digital Returns, Digital First Sale, Kindle, Amazon Kindle, DRM, Digital Rights Management

JEL Classification: D23, K11, K00

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Date posted: October 4, 2009 ; Last revised: January 31, 2014

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Mattioli, Michael, Cooling-Off & Secondary Markets: Consumer Choice in the Digital Domain (October 1, 2009). Virginia Journal of Law and Technology, Vol. 15, No. 227, 2010. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1481430 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1481430

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Indiana University Maurer School of Law ( email )
211 S. Indiana Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405
United States
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