SCOTUS Slowly Killing the Struggling American Author?

Below are some excerpts from an article I came across this week called “The Slow Death of the American Author.”  I thought it was fitting because it’s about the impact of a recent Supreme Court decision on struggling writers.  Legal stuff and writing stuff, that’s nice.  Anyway, what I got from the opinion piece was that the  decision hurts the poor and helps the rich.  Surprise, surprise.  Enjoy:

LAST month, the Supreme Court decided to allow the importation and resale of foreign editions of American works, which are often cheaper than domestic editions. Until now, courts have forbidden such activity as a violation of copyright. Not only does this ruling open the gates to a surge in cheap imports, but since they will be sold in a secondary market, authors won’t get royalties.       

This may sound like a minor problem; authors already contend with an enormous domestic market for secondhand books. But it is the latest example of how the global electronic marketplace is rapidly depleting authors’ income streams. It seems almost every player — publishers, search engines, libraries, pirates and even some scholars — is vying for position at authors’ expense.