There was a link to this before but it got stripped.
Here is a discussion from Bloomberg law about this.
The case pertains mostly to books bought abroad and then re-sold on the secondary market but it could definitely branch out to CDs, DVDs etc. I don't know if it would pertain to audio gear but it is interesting.
The article I read about this case said it would pertain to anything manufactured outside the US And congress would need to update legal loophole that is being exploited by the text book publisher in this case.
While I don't doubt that congress will act if the SCOTUS upholds this ruling, I suspect that it will come along with some sort tax targeting eBay, craigslist and the like.
Trust me when I say this: company bean counters are furiously working their digits to the bone to see if it's worth it to extend this ruling to everything from medicine (ex: drug importation from Canada for seniors) to CDs, DVDs, and it wouldn't be a stretch for them to apply many a strawman argument just to get it on docket with a corporate friendly Supreme Court.
I fully understand defending domestic markets over that of foreign (THE most overlooked, basic tenet of Smith's view of capitalism) but this is merely the opening of Pandoras Box.
All the best,
Of all the things that keep me up at night worrying, this ranks at about number 1,003.
Has anyone actually read the Appellate Court's decision for Wiley vs. Kirtsaeng? 2nd Circuit, Wiley vs. Kirtsaeng
It's pretty clear that this was a commercial case of large scale fraud, not simply a college student selling a few imported textbooks on the side. There are other laws on the books that (theoretically) protect against this sort of thing. Ex. you can't import, let's say, iPhones from Mali and resell them in the U.S.
Even if this ruling is upheld, which is questionable with the majority on this court, this would prove to be almost impossible to administer and enforce. Frankly, unless you are a Tea Bag Federal Government conspiracy theorist, I would advise not worrying about it very much.
One doesn't have to be a Tea Bag Gov. conspiracy theorist to see what this highest of courts did in 'Citizens United'. All they need is an opening. I'll let recent history (Santa Clara), let alone what Jefferson's cousin did when the Supreme Court first interfered with the law, speak for itself.
All the best,
This case has zero implications for high-end equipment. First, no manufacturer of high-end gear can afford to chase amateur resellers of its equipment. You need to have the size of Apple (v. Samsung), Microsoft or big pharma, and the size of the markets they deal in, to make the cost of sleuthing and lawyering these cases worth while. Second, audiophiles are more than just buyers of equipment - they are engaged in a hobby about which they feel strongly. They would react very negatively against any company that interfered with their ownership rights to their equipment, including the right to resell.
Software is a different story. The market is much bigger, the producers are fewer and bigger, and the sellers are businesses themselves, not consummers. I've bought CDs cheaply from Great Britain through Amazon. I don't know if EMI or Deutsche Grammophon care about it, but it would be relatively easy for them to go after the retailers.