Statement from Andrew Shore, Executive Director of the Owners’ Rights Initiative:


“The Owners’ Rights Initiative hopes that the Supreme Court will take this opportunity to defend owners’ rights and clarify that if you buy something, you own it. We believe when you purchase something you should have the right to sell it, lend it, or donate it, regardless of whether that good was made in the US or elsewhere. If the Court rules in favor of Wiley, libraries may be unable to lend books, individuals could be restricted from donating items to charities, and businesses and consumers could be prevented from selling a variety of products, from electronics, to books, to jewelry, to used cars.  ORI looks forward to the Court’s decision in 2013 and regardless of the outcome, we will continue to be a champion for owners’ rights in America.”


About ORI: The Owners’ Rights Initiative (ORI) is a diverse coalition of businesses, associations and organizations that have joined together to protect ownership rights in the United States. We believe in the fundamental premise that if you bought it, you own it, and should have the right to sell, lend or give away your personal property. ORI members are concerned about recent federal court decisions that have eroded owners’ rights. The initiative provides a unified voice for members to engage in advocacy, education and outreach around these important issues. The members of ORI are:

  • American Free Trade Association
  • American Association of Law Libraries
  • American Library Association
  • Association of Service and Computer Dealers International and the North American Association of Telecommunications Dealers (AscdiNatd)
  • Association of Research Libraries
  • Computer and Communications Industry Association
  • Chegg
  • eBay
  • Goodwill Industries
  • Home School Legal Defense Fund (HSLDA)
  • Impulse Technology
  • International Imaging Technology Counsel (ITC)
  • Internet Commerce Coalition
  • Network Hardware Resale
  • Overstock
  • Powell’s Books
  • Quality King Distributors
  • Redbox
  • United Network Equipment Dealers Association (UNEDA)
  • XS International

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