In Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley, the Supreme Court is considering the implications of the “First Sale” doctrine as it applies to importation into the United States of books that were “first sold” outside the U.S. John Wiley’s position is, essentially, that a copyrighted book purchased abroad does not qualify as a valid “first sale” in the United States, and a subsequent disposition of the book in the United States is an infringement of the copyright.

With all of this up in the air, I’m glad I decided not to sell the copy of Fodor’s Guide to Rome I purchased in Italy on eBay…yet.


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