Supreme Court Case on Reselling Used Goods

This was in the comments, by 6 arrows, and I thought it was important enough that more people should see it:

I just saw this today at MarketWatch:

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/your-right-to-resell-your-own-stuff-is-in-peril-2012-10-04

From the article: “Tucked into the U.S. Supreme Court’s agenda this fall is a little-known case that could upend your ability to resell everything from your grandmother’s antique furniture to your iPhone 4.

At issue in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons is the first-sale doctrine in copyright law, which allows you to buy and then sell things like electronics, books, artwork and furniture, as well as CDs and DVDs, without getting permission from the copyright holder of those products.”

The first-sale doctrine is being challenged for products that are made abroad. For example, with books, you would have to get permission from the copyright holder to resell books by foreign authors. Not only that, but you would also need permission to resell books where, say, the author is American, but the book was printed and bound overseas.

It doesn’t end with books. Think American-made cars with foreign parts, and many more examples like that.

The Supreme Court hears oral arguments on the case October 29.

I just have to shake my head.

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2 Comments

  1. 6 arrows
    Posted October 9, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    Hey, my comment became a post…cool! 🙂

    Seriously, though, thank you for highlighting the importance of the case. If the Supreme Court upholds the appellate court ruling, many, many consumers would be affected.

  2. David Kaltenbaugh
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

    Not many, many. This could affect us all. Every day we buy from yard sales, flea markets and
    friends. Very little is US made..

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