Question : -What options do textbook publishers face given this Supreme Court
-What options do textbook publishers face given this Supreme Court decision?
In 2012, the United States Supreme Court heard the appeal of a case involving the resale of textbooks on eBay. To read about the Court's decision in this important case, see this chapter's Beyond our Borders feature Beyond our Borders The Resale of Textbooks Purchased Abroad Students and professors alike complain about the high price of college textbooks. Some enterprising students have found that if they purchase textbooks printed abroad, they may save enough to justify the shipping charges. Textbook prices are lower in other countries because production costs are lower there and average incomes are also lower, so students are unable to pay higher prices A University Student Starts a Side Business supap Kirtsaeng, a citizen of Thailand, was a graduate student at the University of Southern California. He enlisted friends and family in Thailand to buy copies of textbooks there and ship them to him in the United States. Kirtsaeng resold the textbooks on eBay, where he eventually made about $100,000 John Wiley & Sons, Inc., had printed eight of those textbooks in Asia. Wiley sued Kirtsaeng in federal district court for copyright infringement. Kirtsaeng argued that Section 109(a) of the Copyright Act allows the first purchaser-owner of a book to sell it without the copyright owner's permission. But the trial court held in favor of Wiley, and that decision was affirmed on appeal. The lower courts reasoned that the first sale doctrine in the Copyright Act refers specifically to works manufactured in the United States and should not apply to textbooks printed and sold abroad. Kirtsaeng appealed to the United States Supreme Court The Supreme Court Weighs In Can a copy of a book or CD or DVD that was legally produced abroad, acquired abroad, and then imported into the United States be resold in the United States without the copyright owner's permission? That was the issue before the Supreme Court. The answer has implications not only for individuals but also for discount sellers such as Costco and online businesses such as eBay and Google. The Supreme Court ruled in Kirtsaeng's favor, reversing the appellate court's decision. The Court held that the first sale doctrine applies even to goods purchased abroad According to the Court, "the common-law history of the first-sale' doctrine favors a non-geographical interpretation." The justices were clearly concerned about what might occur if the Court did not reverse the appellate court's decision Allowing that decision to stand could have made it possible to "prevent a buyer from domestically selling or even giving away copies of a video game made in Japan.