Costco Wholesale Corp v. Omega, S.A. is a product of the Internet-driven global economy. What's at stake is the ability of resellers large and small to offer legitimate, non-pirated versions of copyrighted goods to U.S. consumers at prices that undercut those charged by copyright holders. The key issue in the dispute between the big-box retailer and the high-end watchmaker is a narrow but important one: Can copyright owners assert rights over imported goods that have already been sold once?
Calling for Time: Why the Supreme Court Will Consider 'Costco v. Omega'
April 26, 2010