First Sale Doctrine

SCOTUS has decided 6-3 that buyers of foreign copyrighted works can resell them in the US.  A graduate student from Thailand set up a business doing just that on eBay, and the publishers, who set lower prices overseas, and higher prices in the US for the same book, didn't like that. 

I expect we'll see more folks trying to arbitrage items now.


Supreme Court Boosts Right to Resell Copyrighted Goods | Threat Level |
The Supreme Court rules that buyers of foreign copyrighted works may resell them in the United States without the copyright holder’s permission, a 6-3 decision Tuesday affirming the so-called “first s…