Re: importing goods into the US
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Posted by M. Arthur Auslander on August 03, 2000 at 03:54:30:
In Reply to: importing goods into the US posted by Daniel Pumphrey on August 02, 2000 at 17:57:58:
: I'm looking at starting an import business, but I am confused about the US Copyright law and how it relates to what I want to do. Basically I want to import goods that were only destined for asian markets. From my understanding I would be breaking the US Copyright law by importing these items and publicy distributing them.
Dear Mr. Pumphrey
I'm not going to research this answer and will not take profession responsibility for it. My unresearched answer is that there should be no problem in you doing what you want to do UNLESS what you are importing are counterfeits.
My recollection of the law is that you are liable even if you were unaware of the counterfeit. The law takes into account such innocence but does not free you from liability.
The goods even if legitimate, may be able to be stopped at customs also even if not countfeit. The matter has be looked into to protect yourself.
M. Arthur Auslander
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