Sale of imported goods being challenged under copyright laws

In a recent article (Market Watch The Wall Street Journal 12-10-12) it was revealed that there is a challenge in the US Courts to the resale of products made and imported from outside the US.  The case arose when a Thai student noticed his own book being sold by a publisher in the US was much more expensive than at home.  He therefore imported the books from Thailand and sold them on eBay making hefty money in the process.  

There is a rule at present which protects second sellers of goods, eg selling on eBay of used items. But if the challenge succeeds it could have a serious effect on importers of cars.  It is believed that if the case succeeds then the law will need to be changed, but it leaves sellers vulnerable in the meantime.

Published: 25 Oct 2012

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