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    Supreme Court issues major copyright ruling on foreign sales

    WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court, in a major ruling on copyright law, has given foreign buyers of textbooks, movies and other products a right to resell them in the United States without the permission of the copyright owner.
    The 6-3 decision is a victory for a former USC student from Thailand, Supap Kirtsaeng, who figured he could earn money by buying textbooks at lower costs in his native country and selling them in the United States.

    Supreme Court issues major copyright ruling on foreign sales - latimes.com
    good decision.

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    Re: Supreme Court issues major copyright ruling on foreign sales

    more on this :

    Supreme Court backs student in dispute over used textbook sales - Business on NBCNews.com

    The millions of Americans who sell used items on eBay and at garage sales, flea markets or church raffles got a big victory Tuesday in the U.S. Supreme Court.

    The court ruled that copyrighted items made overseas -- and that includes not only books but also CDs, DVDs, computers, watches and anything else with copyrighted material in it -- are covered by a federal law that says a person who buys such a product is free to turn around and sell it.

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    Re: Supreme Court issues major copyright ruling on foreign sales

    A really good decision.
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    ... the 20th century has been characterized by three developments of great political importance: The growth of democracy, the growth of corporate power, and the growth of corporate propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy.

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    Re: Supreme Court issues major copyright ruling on foreign sales

    Quote Originally Posted by Helix View Post
    good decision.
    It is a good decision. I agree with the first sale doctrine. Hopefully Supap Kirtsaeng gets reimbursed for legal expenses.
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    Re: Supreme Court issues major copyright ruling on foreign sales

    Quote Originally Posted by Helix View Post
    good decision.
    So any foreign company can now buy one US copyrighted DVD/book, reproduce it endlessly and sell unlimitted copies in the US? That must make US entertainers very happy. I suggest that Obama's books be treated with this "respect".
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    Re: Supreme Court issues major copyright ruling on foreign sales

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    So any foreign company can now buy one US copyrighted DVD/book, reproduce it endlessly and sell unlimitted copies in the US? That must make US entertainers very happy. I suggest that Obama's books be treated with this "respect".
    No it means that a foreign person can buy a physical copy of the textbook, come to the U.S., and then sell the physical copy.

    Textbook prices in the U.S. are absurdly high because of monopoly exploitation, but other nations won't put up with that bull****. That means there are different prices depending on which country you buy the book. The defendant in this case figured out he could physically buy the books in his country and then sell them in the U.S. as a form of arbitrage. The textbook publishers filed a suit trying to prevent him from selling the books he legally purchased in the U.S because it could collapse their pricing scheme.

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    Re: Supreme Court issues major copyright ruling on foreign sales

    If someone buys something it is theirs and they have the right to resell that item to whomever they want.

    I don't even see how that falls into copyright law...

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    Re: Supreme Court issues major copyright ruling on foreign sales

    Quote Originally Posted by rathi View Post
    No it means that a foreign person can buy a physical copy of the textbook, come to the U.S., and then sell the physical copy.

    Textbook prices in the U.S. are absurdly high because of monopoly exploitation, but other nations won't put up with that bull****. That means there are different prices depending on which country you buy the book. The defendant in this case figured out he could physically buy the books in his country and then sell them in the U.S. as a form of arbitrage. The textbook publishers filed a suit trying to prevent him from selling the books he legally purchased in the U.S because it could collapse their pricing scheme.
    You are asserting that the foreign firm has paid all of the required royalties on that text book? If that is the case then, and only then, do I agree with you. It is very difficult to tell if that is the case, as many products made overseas look very similar to what they were copied from.

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    Re: Supreme Court issues major copyright ruling on foreign sales

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    So any foreign company can now buy one US copyrighted DVD/book, reproduce it endlessly and sell unlimitted copies in the US? That must make US entertainers very happy. I suggest that Obama's books be treated with this "respect".
    where in the world did this come from?

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    Re: Supreme Court issues major copyright ruling on foreign sales

    Quote Originally Posted by ARealConservative View Post
    where in the world did this come from?
    It is very difficult (if not impossible) to tell if a foreign made product has paid proper patent/copyright royalties. In this case, it appears that was done, yet that is not always the case.

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