I cannot fully comprehend a part of the following sentence:

Except in the United States of America, this book is sold subject to the condition that it shall not, by way of trade or otherwise, be lent, re-sold, hired out, or otherwise circulated without the publisher's prior consent in any form of binding or cover other than that in which it is published and without a similar condition including this condition being imposed on the subsequent purchaser.

I understand the most of it but the bold part is a bit confusing. What does it mean exactly? Does it mean that the condition cannot be altered?

  • It's confusing because of the double negative. The first condition is a "shall not", and then that contains "without a similar condition"
    – Barmar
    Commented Jan 30, 2023 at 23:49
  • Adding a protective plastic or leather cover needs thinking about. Commented Jul 12, 2023 at 14:39

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It means that if you lend, re-sell, hire out, or otherwise circulate the book outside the US, (which you should only do in the original binding or cover, or with the publisher's prior permission), then you have to make the person/entity receiving the book agree to these same terms.

So basically in most cases the original binding or cover is going to have to stay on the book.

  • Thank you very much, I understand it easily now. What confused me was that the saying "a similar condition including this condition". I suppose it is a generalisation of the exact condition and the condition the publisher agreed upon.
    – Gurkan
    Commented Jan 30, 2023 at 21:14
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    It may help you to know that this kind of repetitious BS language is not good English, but legal language with a fixed meaning. Of course this condition of binding is included in similar conditions, my God! Commented Jan 30, 2023 at 22:00

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