Publishing companies say that this sale violated copyright laws because the books were not meant for sale in the United States. Sellers of used goods and marketplaces like eBay support Kirtsaeng and say that this sale falls under the "First-sale doctrine" which permits the buyers of copyrighted materials to resell, lend and gift their purchases. If the Supreme Court supports publishers, it could severely restrict the freedom to resell copyrighted goods.
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