Mckinney, TX asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for Texas

Q: Is it legal to purchase a book from overseas over the Internet and have it shipped to the US?

I’m considering buying a book online from a bookstore in the UK and having it shipped to me in the US because the British edition is much more attractive than the US edition (this would be shipped by the retailer using the postal system). The thing is, the US edition and UK edition are published by different companies. I want to avoid copyright infringement or running afoul of any other restrictions on importing copyrighted materials. Is purchasing and importing (via the mail) a single copy of a copyrighted book for personal use permissible under the law, even if said book was not produced by or with the consent of the US copyright holder (but is a genuine article legitimately produced by the foreign copyright holder)?

2 Lawyer Answers
Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter
  • Houston, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: Buy the book - there's no problem with what you described.

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Robert Kost
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  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • Pittsburgh, PA

A: Agree with Attorney Walter - buy the book. This is for the publishers to worry about, if there's any worry at all.

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