Omega watches and library books

 

“A case about pricing timepieces could crimp library lending.”

Fascinating article in today’s Wall Street Journal:

The Wall Street Journal, Friday, July 30, 2010, p. W9

Watch Out For the Omega Copyright Windup

DE GUSTIBUS column

By Eric Felten

Constrain the first-sale doctrine and you throw a wrench into the business of used-book stores . . .  And yes, even public libraries might find themselves facing the challenge of figuring out which books on the stacks were first sold in the U.S., and which were first sold abroad.