High court steps into copyright case
WASHINGTON - April 16, 2012 (WPVI) -- The Supreme Court has agreed to decide a copyright case with important implications for the large and growing markets in discount and Internet sales.
The justices on Monday said they will hear an appeal from a Thai student doing graduate work in the United States who tried to make ends meet by re-selling textbooks that family and friends first purchased abroad. A jury awarded textbook publisher John Wiley & Sons $600,000 after deciding that math graduate student Supap Kirtsaeng infringed on the company's copyrights.
The issue at the Supreme Court is whether U.S. copyright protection applies to items that are made abroad, purchased abroad and then resold in the U.S. without the permission of the manufacturer.
supreme court, trial, business/finance
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