March 19, Washington, D.C. - The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 today in favor of Supap Kirtsaeng vs. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. after hearing oral arguments on October 29th, 2012 on a widely followed case of whether the First-Sale Doctrine covers products manufactured overseas. The First-Sale Doctrine allows the “owner” of a lawfully made product the right to sell or otherwise dispose of a product they own without the authority of the copyright holder.
Legal savant and comedian Stephen Colbert on 11.26.12 did a segment on a literal “Text Book Case” argued in October in front of the Supreme Court pitting textbook manufacturer Wiley & Sons against an entrepreneurial foreign student Kirtsaeng. Colbert uses his genius to deftly explain the issues and consequences of how a ruling in favor of Wiley would make many used transactions, including garage sales, illegal. Take 5 minutes to watch the segment.