I thought this article was definitely newsworthy.
people would obey a ruling such as this. Would we end up with a thriving black market--the likes of the one in the old Soviet bloc?
We'd just put more people in prison for things that the govt has no business sticking their noses into.
(1)" . . . you can still sell your copies to whomever you please whenever you want without retribution. That’s being challenged now for products that are made abroad . . ."
This is one more reason to try and buy items made in the USA if at all possible. Not saying it's easy, but the more we buy local/American made, the better.
(2) "When he discovered that his textbooks, produced by Wiley, were substantially cheaper to buy in Thailand than they were in Ithaca, N.Y., he rallied his Thai relatives to buy the books and ship them to him in the United States."
It doesn't seem right that a book publisher would charge that much more for books in the US than in another country - so much more that even with international shipping, it was worth it for this person to shop outside of the US for the books.
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and to add to (2), he paid ebay fees out of that as well.
So Thai book+shipping+packaging+ebay fees+TIME is cheaper than a U.S. book?
It's called region pricing. Manufacturers sell products for cheaper in countries with a lower income - otherwise it wouldn't sell at all there (also remember the wages of retail employees and running a business is cheaper there too).
But American (and other first world countries) retailers may not be able to break even selling it at that price due to the higher cost of labor (+ employee benefits), cost of keeping the store open, sales taxes, etc.
The problem with region pricing is people begin importing the product if it's significantly cheaper overseas. With electronic media like DVD, Blu-Rays, and video games they can get around this by 'region encoding' it (a region encoded X-Box game from Indonesia won't work in an American X-Box).
With books you can't do this (except for translating it into a foreign language thereby making it useless here) - but that takes a lot of effort so they usually just print it in English there too and hope that the majority of people purchase it locally in their area.
I don't think it would affect anything other than those reselling items on eBay and such venues because they would instantly follow the law as it is decided. It would also probably put ebay out of business.
This brings up another pet peeve. The law (as I understand it) says that a patent is good for a period of 14 - 20 years, depending upon certain criteria. A copyright, as a general rule, for works created after January 1, 1978, lasts for the life of the author plus an additional 70 years. So the guy who invents cold fusion power generation keeps his patent for about 20 years, and the drug company's life-saving drug is protected for about 10 years (due to the long development time), the other guy who writes a song collects royalties for his lifetime plus 70 years? I agree that producers should benefit from their inventions or works, but I also think all work should go into the public domain after 20 years.
If I choose not to decide, will I still have made a choice?
What about people like Rodriguez took them 30 years to discover him. So for 10 years before he got famous his stuff would be in the public domain.
It's just my opinion, and you know what that's worth.
I bet your opinion is worth even less in Thailand.
Unless they take a page from the RIAA and have some sort of astronomical fine per instance.
Or I didn't buy it anywhere I found in a trash can.