Court Sides With Student on Textbook Copyright

Textbook Copyright
The Supreme Court ruled that textbooks and other goods sold and made abroad can be resold on-line and in discount stores without breaking US copyright law or breaking the textbook copyright. The result was a tremendous relief to Costco, eBay, and other companies that commerce in products made outside the US. In a 6-3 opinion, the court threw out a copyright infringement award against Thai graduate student Supap Kirtsaeng, who used eBay to resell copies of the publisher’s copyrighted publications that his relatives first purchased abroad at cut rate costs to publisher John Wiley & Sons.

Justice Stephen Breyer said in his opinion for the court that once goods are sold elsewhere or whether in the US, producers and publishers lose the protection of US copyright law. “We maintain the ‘first sale’ doctrine applies to copies of a copyrighted work lawfully made abroad,” Breyer said. Had the court come out the other method, it’d have crimped the sale of many goods sold on-line and in discount stores, and it’d have complicated the jobs of libraries and museums that include works made outside America, Breyer said. The music and film companies, software manufacturing companies, and other manufacturing companies stress the determination permits unauthorized sales to undercut their companies.Source Article from

Court Sides With Student on Textbook Copyright… Read the rest