The below case might be about books, but it can just as easily apply to Lego. Imagine if the US Supreme Court rules that overseas goods can no longer be resold without permission. This means that you would not actually own the Lego you buy because it is made overseas, and could no longer sell it without The Lego Group's permission.
As insane as that sounds, that is the case coming up before the Supreme Court:
An upcoming Supreme Court case, Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, involves an eBay seller who was sued by a textbook publisher for reselling books. The seller, a graduate student and entrepreneurial seller, sold the books to help cover tuition expenses. These were legitimate books that the book publisher manufactured overseas — they were not counterfeit, pirated, or stolen.
Yet, the publisher is trying to use U.S. copyright law to stop the book sales and make the seller pay $600,000 in damages – more than 15 times what he made from selling the books.
It is possible that an extreme application of U.S. copyright law might enable manufacturers to force retailers and consumers to first have to obtain permission from the manufacturer before reselling or even donating goods manufactured overseas.
This rule could affect most of the goods we use every day, from books to cell phones. Manufacturers would retain ownership of an item no matter how many times it changes owner. This rule could threaten the laws of ownership and resale that we all enjoy.
Reposted from eBay:http://announcements.ebay.com/2012/10/sellers-us-supreme-court-case-may-affect-your-rights-act-now/
Actual Petition to sign:http://ownershiprights.org/