I personally think it should not be illegal to resell legitimate material here that was bought oversees. The manufacturer properly got paid for its material at a price I assume it felt was OK. I personally hate that movies and DVD players etc. are designed to prevent playing product from other regions and that other material such as books cannot be bought by worldwide consumers. I think if the industry has the free market right to produce wherever costs best support them and sell where they wish, then the public should have the same right to buy from wherever they find the best value and use where they wish.
Of course the industry/copyright holder will fight this and will push Congress to revise the laws. And I am betting they will be changed to support the industry positions to the detriment of consumers.
The justices, voting 6-3, today ruled in favor of a graduate student who imported John Wiley & Sons Inc. (A)’s textbooks from his native Thailand and sold them in the U.S. for a profit. A jury awarded Wiley $600,000 in its suit against the student.
The case was one of the top business and consumer cases in the court’s nine-month term, with the potential to affect sales through EBay Inc. (EBAY) and at stores owned by Costco Wholesale Corp. (COST) and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT)