Supreme Court Victory: You Buy It You Own It

Supreme Court rules for the public–not textbook publishers and foreign manufacturers–in Kirtsaeng v. Wiley. The publishers had argued that anything made abroad (from an iPod to a Toyota to a shampoo bottle) that has a copyright logo on it can never be resold or lent to anyone without the copyright-holder’s permission. It would have been modern “stuff-feudalism.” We wouldn’t own the physical stuff we bought. We’d be renters.

The Court rejected that argument, resoundingly in the opinion’s language, and by a 6-3 vote. 

Here is the opinion

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