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Alumnus Appeals Copyright Verdict to Supreme Court
Contact Advertising Facebook Twitter Email newsletter Username Password Register | Forgot Password? News Sports Opinion Arts Science Blogs Dining Multimedia Fiction About Join Front Page Â» News Supreme Court Hears Case Over Textbook Resale The Cornell Daily Sun November 2, 2012 By Utsav Rai "A high-profile Supreme Court case that may redefine the retail market began with an alumnus who resold textbooks manufactured abroad in the U.S. may put a stop to people reselling goods they own." "On Monday, the court heard oral arguments in an appeals case waged by Supap Kirtsaeng â€™02, who was ordered to pay $600,000 after losing a copyright infringement case in August 2011. The case, Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons Inc., addresses the legality of purchasing textbooks manufactured abroad and reselling them in the United States." "Kirtsaeng, a Thailand native, was attending graduate school at the University of Southern California after graduating from Cornell. After friends and family sent Kirtsaeng textbooks they had purchased abroad, he resold $900,000 worth of books at a higher price on eBay, according to The Associated Press." The obvious questions raised by this: - Why can Thailand (in both national policy and economic terms) sell textbooks at such a low price that a $900,000 profit can be made, while in other countries, students must pay so much more; - How does this affect selling books back to the campus bookstore, or buying used books from the campus bookstore, etc.; - How, if this is upheld, can you sell anything--books, magazines, records, etc.? I think most of us know the obvious "open" solution... Weird, Patrick || |||| ||| || | | || ||| || ||| || | | ||| || ||| || Patrick Masson Chief Technology Officer, UMassOnline The University of Massachusetts, Office of the President 333 South St., Suite 400, Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (774) 455-7615: Office (774) 455-7620: Fax (970) 4MASSON: GoogleVoice UMOLPatMasson: AIM massonpj: Skype Web Site: http://www.umassonline.net Blog: http://www.umassonlineblog.com ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.