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Important Copyright News: Big Win for Libraries in Supreme Court

Washington Post:  Supreme Court says copyright law does not protect publishers in discount re-sales

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/supreme-court-says-copyright-law-does-not-protect-publishers-in-discount-re-sales/2013/03/19/68b8afd4-909f-11e2-9173-7f87cda73b49_story.html

Excerpts: “The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that textbooks and other goods made and sold abroad can be re-sold online and in discount stores without violating U.S. copyright law.” “Had the court come out the other way, it would have crimped the sale of many goods sold online and in discount stores, and it would have complicated the tasks of museums and libraries that contain works produced outside the United States, Breyer said.”

The case: Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, 11-697. “John Wiley & Sons v Thai graduate student Supap Kirtsaeng, who used eBay to resell copies of the publisher’s copyrighted books that his relatives first bought abroad at cut-rate prices.”
The Opinion:  http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/12pdf/11-697_d1o2.pdf
Supreme Court blog:  http://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/kirtsaeng-v-john-wiley-sons-inc/

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