This Slashgear writeup about a newly awarded Amazon patent just caught our eyes here at TUAW Central. Apparently, Amazon may be exploring an online used digital goods market.
Amazon proposes to establish an “electronic marketplace for used digital objects.” If that sounds a little ridiculous and yet curiously intriguing to you, well, you’re not alone.
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Obviously, the technology would cover a transfer of rights from one owner to the next, but how would one value and implement these transfers? Would there be a fixed cut or fee to the facilitator? Does the rights-holder get a cut? And how could one assign a monetary worth to a “new” license versus a “used” one? (After all, the bits are the same, aren’t they? “There are five new copies of this product and three used ones” just sounds wrong when it comes to digital goods.)
Link to the rest at TUAW and thanks to Joshua for the tip.
Passive Guy would caution that it is extremely difficult to use a patent to predict product or service plans. These days, there are many reasons a company might obtain a patent other than that it is planning to commercialize something the patent covers.