“Ever gone into a used record store and picked up a CD or LP with this stamped on the cover: "For Promotional Use Only — Not For Resale?" You wanted to buy it but you had a creepy feeling you might be participating in some kind of shady transaction — possibly even illegal. Turns out you weren't.
“This week, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco upheld a lower court's decision that the sale of so-called promo records — usually advance copies of new releases sent to music critics and radio stations by record labels — does NOT violate copyright laws.”
Doesn’t that sound a lot like ARCs? I would assume the same legal decision would apply.
I used to get my panties in a twist when I saw an ARC of mine for sale on ebay. Now I’m a lot more sanguine. Whoever buys it is a fan, clearly.
What about the person who sells it? Now that I’m a reviewer, I get dozens of ARCs a month. Some I take one look at and know they’re not for me. A mystery solved by cats? Um, not interested.
I donate those books, but I always felt a little strange about it, because sometimes I donate them to places that might end up selling them. But it felt better to do that than to toss them.
Whether someone buys/sells/loans ARCs - it’s very similar to what happens with used books. I don’t make a dime from a book that’s resold. Or a book borrowed from a friend.
Read the NPR story here.