Two And A Half Minute Video Explains How The Ability To Sell Stuff You Legally Purchased Is At Risk

from the you've-been-owned dept

As we wait patiently for the Supreme Court to decide the Kirtsaeng case, concerning whether or not you can resell goods that were made outside the US but that can be covered by copyright inside the US, the folks at Demand Progress have put together a nice two and a half minute video highlighting the possible consequences of a ruling that goes against first sale rights and limits your ability to freely sell items you legally purchased. While it may seem premature to be discussing this before the eventual ruling, having more people understand why this is a vitally important issue is helpful, so that we can either push for legislation to fix a bad ruling, or (hopefully) resist a push in the other direction by companies seeking to stomp out first sale rights.

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    Anonymous Coward, 5 Mar 2013 @ 11:05am

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    The books were sold abroad at a cheaper price in a foreign market reflecting its less developed economy. Kirtsaeng imported those books and undercut Wiley in the US market. This wasn't a guy who bought a novel at the Bangkok airport and sold it to a used book store. This is a guy who seeks a loophole in the law to create a business model for his personal enrichment.

    If Wiley loses, rather than have to compete in the US against its own discounted foreign merchandise- they'll simply raise foreign prices to keep grifters like Kirtsaeng from undercutting the market, and the losers will be students in Third World countries. But as long as Kirtsaeng is allowed to profit, I guess that's all that matters here.

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