Strange. How is this different from an import/export business? Someone sets up a firm in the US to import the books and then resell.
There must be more too this...this analysis doesn't make any sense. There must be a problem with authorization of selling the foreign book in the US....having nothing to do with the first sale doctine. However, if the publisher setup overseas and sold into the US then I think circumstances would be different and people could resell.
The publisher of the overseas book and the US publisher must be different entities, even though it is the same book. The foreign entity must not have the right to sell their version of the book in the US.
In any case, copy rights should be 25 years from the death of the author or 50 years from publishing, whichever comes first...or shorter...NOT INFINITE!!!!!!!!!
Last edited by markbot; 10-10-2012 at 09:52 PM.