Supreme Court Could End My Business This Month

By Elisha Dorfsmith

First they came for the medical marijuana and I said nothing because I don’t use medical marijuana. Then they came for the raw milk and I said nothing because I don’t drink raw milk. Then they came for the used books…

As many of you know, I have been a used book dealer for the past 10 years selling tens of thousands of books to customers around the world on ebay and Amazon through my website

It’s not the highest paying job out there but it does help get the bills paid and it gives me the opportunity to work from home which allows me to homeschool my 9-year-old son.

But all of this could change later this month when the United States Supreme Court rules on a high profile case that could put an end to the sale of the majority of used items I sell.  Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons would make it illegal to sell anything that was manufactured outside of the United States…unless the seller is given permission by the copyright holder.

MarketWatch columnist Jennifer Waters explains just how far this decision could reach in an article titled Your Right To Resell Your Own Stuff Is In Peril:

“It could be your personal electronic devices or the family jewels that have been passed down from your great-grandparents who immigrated from Spain. It could be a book that was written by an American writer but printed and bound overseas, or an Italian painter’s artwork.”

OK, so when was the last time you saw something that said “Made In The United States”? Exactly.  So here’s what we have to look forward to if the Supreme Court upholds this case:

No more ebay, no more yard sales, no more used book stores, no more thrift stores, no more antique stores, no more used car dealerships, no more pawn shops, etc. etc. This decision could be the single biggest job killer in American history.

The fact that this case is even hanging over our heads just proves that government has the power to take away your whole life and livelihood with one court decision or simply the stroke of a pen. People wonder why I fight so hard for freedom. I fight because our lives depend on it. It’s not a fun political game. Everything is at stake.

  1. C Daschete
    October 15, 2012 at 9:46 am

    the govt owns all, they decide what to let you use. On a positive and related side tho, they just ruled that the format can be changed ( i.e. braille), so maybe absolute and forever control won’t stand.

  2. Slim Strontem
    October 15, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    This touches on at least two other critically screwed areas of our rotten congress:
    Product dumping.
    Over-extended copyright and patent protections.

    In addition, It blocks “outsiders” from making profits in the same way that big importers and “investors” do, while setting a precedent of mercantilism protection for both US and foreign producers.

    If the court finds wrongly, they will immediately lose all relevance in the eyes of the people, and black markets will become an everyday event for all Americans.

  3. Nancy
    March 19, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Our black-robed overlords got one right for a change.
    Court sides with student in case over textbooks

    • March 19, 2013 at 12:04 pm

      I was thinking about this this morning. Wonderful news!!!!

  1. March 19, 2013 at 1:05 pm

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