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"Ressel, David Lee" <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 9 Jan 2002 18:02:28 -0500
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I have always used "gray market" to reflect trans-shipping of legitimate
products sold in a geographic area beyond it's original wholesale location
or intended sale location. Any other use devalues the true nature of the
source of the product.

I would keep that definition different from "used" sales in that no one is
actually duping or photocopying large numbers of textbooks for re-sale (or
shouldn't be).

This is unlike black market video product which is often original
copyrighted material that is illegally duped and re-sold as original.

I do often find it interesting that often those who profit from copyrighted
material (authors of textbooks) are willing to ignore those rights from
others by supporting the purchase of illegal copies. It seems that one's
desire for a commercial product obviates the copyrights holder's rights to
market or NOT market that product.

This often arises in music recordings where the term "bootleg" has been used
not only for illegal copies of legitimate records as well as illegal copies
of material never intended for commercial release. Some "tapers" actually
have begun to use the term ROIO (recording of indeterminate origin) to make
a distinction (adds a moral level between ROIOs and bootlegs).

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Sent: Wednesday, January 09, 2002 1:18 PM
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>I understand 'grey market' to mean the retail sale of an object
>which is legal but against the wishes of the manufacturer.  For >example,
if I had bought 200 'Star Wars' videos before they were >withdrawn in 1998,
from a wholesaler and paying good money for them, >I would be committing no
crime if I were to sell them in a shop now, >despite the fact that Lucas
would not want me to.

Maybe this is starting to move off topic but:  "Grey market" might have a
shifting meaning but this example would not qualify.  Not only is such
reselling completely legal (nothing grey about it) as the post pointed out
but it would mean that huge numbers of used book, record and video
stores/dealers would be grey market which clearly would make the term
meaningless.  Something that many of you will be familiar with is that
textbook publishers go to great lengths to prevent textbooks from being
resold but that doesn't mean that most American universities are operating
grey market bookstores because they are reselling (legally) textbooks.

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