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Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of My Business

By Elisha Dorfsmith

Every once in a while the Supreme Court rules in a case that hits very close to home and every once in a while they actually get it right!

Such was the case today when the Supreme Court ruled that the ‘first sale’ doctrine applies to copies of a copyrighted work lawfully made abroad. Several months ago, I explained that if the Court sided with John Wiley & Sons and their copyright infringement lawsuit, my online business would be over.

Thankfully, at least for now, the Court has said secondhand dealers are safe to sell their used merchandise.

More information on this ruling can be found here:

Court Sides With Student In Case Over Textbooks

On a side note, today’s ruling could also make college textbooks much more affordable because it allows much cheaper international editions to be sold in the United States.


  1. March 21, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Did this apply to pirate copies of copyrighted work?

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