Originally Posted by CyGuy
Of course you can resell an item that you own, how was this even a topic for discussion? This went all the way to the supreme court? Wow, just wow...
The books were bought in a country that hasn't signed the Berne Convention, and doesn't have a first sale doctrine, IIRC. And were therefore exported illegally from that country. It's the sort of thing that ends up in court on a regular basis, and sometimes the rights holder wins. The real solution here is to stop future imports of grey market books when they're being exported illegall from the country of origin, and I suspect that's already in place in this case (and not, legaly speaking, all that controversial).