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For Sale, No Scratches

If you’re a DJ or you write for a blog or other media outlet, then you’re familiar with promo CDs.

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an earlier ruling on Tuesday that an eBay seller has the right to sell promotional CDs marked with the “Not for Sale” tag. Universal Music Group brought the suit against Troy Augosto, he won in 2008, so this recent ruling just locks it in: go ahead and sell those good promos, you know, the one’s with the hole-punch in the back, or the bar code scratched out. It’s legal.

For CD buyback spots check the back of your local indie weekly or this site. For typical prices paid CDs, check out Amoeba’s rates.

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Photo from Amoeba Music, S.F. from theobelisk.net

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At the Movies: Illegal Immigration and Los Tigres del Norte

"EL NORTE": Zaide Silvia Gutierrez in a scene from Gregory Nava's 1983 movie.

"EL NORTE": Zaide Silvia Gutierrez in a scene from Gregory Nava's 1983 movie.

“The flood of Hispanic immigrants into American communities for work helped provide cover for traffickers looking to expand into new markets. Shelby has long been Alabama’s fastest-growing county, and the number of Hispanics grew 126 percent from 2000 to 2007.”

Hispanic“? You gotta love that all-inclusive word.

The quoted passage at the beginning of this post is taken from an alarmist piece that ran in the Associated Press recently, detailing a quintuple homicide in Alabama that authorities have been investigating since August 2008. Officials are pointing fingers at the Gulf Cartel.

As most of you already know, President Obama was recently in town to talk drugs and the border. With so much on his plate already, illegal immigration and the problems along the Mexico/U.S. border are just pieces of the puzzle millions are looking at him to solve. Good luck, my dude.

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