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Contact Advertising Facebook Twitter Email newsletter Username Password Register | Forgot Password? News Sports Opinion Arts Science Blogs Dining Multimedia Fiction About Join Front Page » 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 ’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: Blog: ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at


sorry for the poor "copy and paste" technique....