Wed 20 Mar, 2013 09:34 am
...a case just decided by the Supreme Court was a split decision 6 to 3.
The six were Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., and Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel A. Alito Jr., Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.
The three dissenters were Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy and, Justice Antonin Scalia.
Holy ****...what unholy alliances for both sides.
The case involved resale of copyright material imported from a foreign country. The New York Times described it:
The copyright case, Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, No. 11-697, arose from the activities of a Thai student who attended Cornell University and the University of Southern California. The student, Supap Kirtsaeng, helped pay for his education by selling textbooks that his friends and relatives had bought in Thailand at low prices and shipped to him.
A publisher of some of the textbooks, John Wiley & Sons, sued Mr. Kirtsaeng for copyright infringement, and it won $600,000 in the lower courts. In a 6-to-3 decision, the Supreme Court threw out that award and ruled that imported copyrighted goods were subject to the same rules as goods bought in the United States: owners of particular copies can do what they like with them.
Wow. What strange alliances indeed. Gee, I hope they don't give each other cooties.
The bigger shock here is that the publisher is charging students in American so much more for the same book than they sell abroad which is for a fraction of the price.
Actually, I was aware of that. That's why smart kids buy international editions every semester. The page quality may be shoddier than the US version, but it's way cheaper.