In a case that has been brought before the Supreme Court, Costco Wholesale Corporation v. Omega, S.A., Costco is fighting for the right to be able to distribute cheaper foreign editions of textbooks at a fraction of the cost of domestic editions to consumers. These editions tend to be of a substandard material quality, but more or less equal in content. Foreign editions are created in order to accommodate what the target consumer in other countries can afford. They are, consequently, much cheaper and Costco would like the right to sell these cheaper versions. Textbook companies argue that, should foreign editions of textbooks be widely distributed in the domestic sphere, the loss of revenue would make it impossible for them to afford the extensive research and development necessary to ensure that the information in textbooks is current and accurate.
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