Animaether writes: "Can copyright owners assert rights over imported goods that have already been sold once?", that is the issue before the Supreme Court in Costco Wholesale Corp v. Omega, S.A. (backstory). What's at stake is the ability of resellers to offer legitimate, non-pirated versions of copyrighted goods [manufactured in foreign nations] to U.S. consumers at prices that undercut those charged by the copyright holders.
"I just want to be a good engineer."
-- Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer, concluding his keynote speech
at the 1988 AppleFest