- - Monday, October 29, 2012

MIAMI — The 12-year-old daughter of Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, is out of the hospital and at home recovering from a head injury suffered in a golf cart accident.

Rubio spokesman Alex Conant said Amanda Rubio was released from Miami Children’s Hospital on Sunday evening.

She was airlifted to the hospital Saturday after the golf cart in which she was riding was involved in a collision in a private gated community in Florida.

Amanda is expected to make a full recovery.

SUPREME COURT

Justices tackle case of copyright protection

Supreme Court justices on Monday weighed copyright protections for publishers, creative artists and manufacturers in a global marketplace in a case that has attracted the interest of Costco, eBay and Google. The outcome has important implications for consumers and billions of dollars in annual sales online and in discount stores.

The court was about the only Washington institution open Monday. The justices and spectators who braved the rain and wind saw a book publisher face off against a Thai graduate student in the United States who resold the publisher’s copyrighted books on eBay after relatives first bought nearly identical, cheaper versions abroad.

The court seemed to struggle with whether it matters where the books were produced and first sold.

The justices’ answer to those questions is of enormous interest to discount sellers like Costco Wholesale Corp. and online business like eBay Inc. and Google Inc. that offer good prices on many products that were made abroad.

Publisher John Wiley & Sons won a copyright-infringement lawsuit against the student, Supap Kirtsaeng. The high court is considering Mr. Kirtsaeng’s appeal, which argues that Wiley lost its right to control resale of the books once his relatives bought them legally.

Mr. Kirtsaeng used eBay to sell $900,000 worth of books published abroad by Wiley and others and made about $100,000 in profit. The international editions of the textbooks were essentially the same as the more costly American editions. A jury in New York awarded Wiley $600,000 after deciding Mr. Kirtsaeng sold copies of eight Wiley textbooks without permission.

MISSOURI

McCaskill goes ‘scary’ in race against Akin

ST. LOUIS — Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, on Monday launched a Halloween-week ad casting her Republican challenger Rep. W. Todd Akin as “scary” because of his remarks about “legitimate rape.” Mr. Akin, meanwhile, is gaining some outside help in his quest to oust Missouri’s senior senator.

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