First Sale Doctrine

The First Sale Doctrine is rule of copyright law providing that an individual who knowingly purchases a copy of a copyrighted material has the right to do what they wish with that particular copy, i.e. sell,... more +
The First Sale Doctrine is rule of copyright law providing that an individual who knowingly purchases a copy of a copyrighted material has the right to do what they wish with that particular copy, i.e. sell, display or dispose of that copy. However, the First Sale Doctrine does not grant individual purchasers the right to make unauthorized reproductions of copyrighted material and consequently, the First Sale Doctrine cannot be used as a defense against claims of infringing reproductions.  less -
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CBP Updates Informed Compliance Publication Providing Further Guidance on “First Sale” Requirements

On July 9, 2014, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) circulated a draft revised Informed Compliance Publication entitled “Bona Fide Sales & Sales for Exportation to the United States,” which identifies additional...more

Adobe Systems Inc. v. Kornrumpf - USCA, Ninth Circuit, June 2, 2014

Adobe Systems Inc. v. Kornrumpf - USCA, Ninth Circuit, June 2, 2014: Ninth Circuit affirms grant of partial summary judgment in favor of Adobe Systems Inc., holding that first sale doctrine was not available as defense...more

Copyright Antitrust Claims Against Textbook Publishers Dismissed in Longstanding Gray Market Copyright Case

It is no secret that college textbooks are expensive, and the average student has little recourse when a professor assigns specific books and editions. Stuck between a rock and a hard place, over the years students have...more

Boston Copyright Round Table on Policy, Creativity and Innovation

The Department of Commerce is holding a round table at Harvard Law School on June 25, 2014 to discuss the Internet Policy Task Force’s Green Paper on Copyright Policy, Creativity and Innovation in the Digital Economy,...more

Supreme Court Clarifies the Parameters of the “First Sale” Doctrine in the Cross-Border Context

First Sale Doctrine - Under the Copyright Act, the exclusive right of a copyright owner “to distribute copies . . . of [a] copyrighted work,” 17 U.S.C. § 106(3) is limited, in part, by the “first sale” doctrine. The...more

Copyright exhaustion in the US: what the Kirtsaeng and ReDigi decisions tell us about the future of the first sale doctrine and...

The concept of copyright ‘exhaustion’, or the ‘first sale’ doctrine, refers to the principle that once a copyright owner places a copyrighted item in the stream of commerce by selling it, they have exhausted their exclusive...more

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Importation and Re-Sale of Gray Market Goods Manufactured Abroad

On March 19, 2013, in a decision eagerly awaited by the entertainment bar,1 the United States Supreme Court, in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, ruled that, under the First Sale Doctrine, a person who buys lawfully made...more

TC's inside IP - Summer 2013: Supreme Court Establishes International Copyright Exhaustion - But What About Patents?

In a much anticipated case, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on March 19, 2013 in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons that the “first sale” or “exhaustion” doctrine of U.S. Copyright law, which allows resale of copyrighted materials,...more

Digital First Sale: Online Marketplace For "Used" Digital Music Strikes Discord With The Copyright Act

A recent decision out of New York illustrates the difficulty that courts in the digital era face in applying laws designed for a brick-and-mortar world. In Capitol Records, L.L.C. v. ReDigi Inc., the U.S. District Court for...more

Points & Authorities - Summer 2013: The Entertainment Issue

In This Issue: - It’s Always Something: The Repeated Assaults on Licensee Rights in Bankruptcy - Clearance: Start Early and Avoid the Clutter - New Faces - Points from the President - The...more

"Business Cases in the US Supreme Court"

The U.S. Supreme Court recently closed its 2012 term with its usual headline-grabbing flurry of June decisions. Several of those decisions, as well as many more that received less publicity, will affect business interests. In...more

Enthusiastic Fan or Dangerous Competitor?

I like Trader Joe’s. I like the atmosphere – not unlike the small-town grocery stores I knew growing up. I like the products – interesting choices and, at least, perceived quality. But I’m not sure I like their legal...more

June 2013: Patent Litigation Update - First Sale Doctrine Applies to Copyrighted Works Made Abroad.

In a recent 6-3 decision with potentially significant implications for the functionally analogous patent exhaustion doctrine, the Supreme Court held in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. that the first sale doctrine applies...more

Supreme Court Corner - Q2 2013

Bowman v. Monsanto Co. - Decided: 5/13/2013 - Patent - Holding: (9-0) Patent rights are exhausted for only original seed sold. Bowman, a farmer, purchased and planted Monsanto’s patented...more

Intellectual Property Legal News - June 3, 2013 • Volume 1, Number 3

In This Issue: - CANADA’S LONG-AWAITED COPYRIGHT MODERNIZATION TAKES EFFECT: To much fanfare and after years of debate and consultation, the government of Canada passed the most important reforms to Canadian...more

Instapundit: America's IP Laws Need to be "Pruned Back"  [Video]

May 24 (Bloomberg Law) -- Under current intellectual property law, a consumer who unlocks his or her own cellphone can be convicted as a felon. Law professor and Instapundit founder Glenn Reynolds says such a scenario is...more

U.S. Supreme Court Sides with Monsanto in Seed Patent Case

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously yesterday in favor of Monsanto in Bowman v. Monsanto, a case involving Monsanto’s recombinant, Roundup Ready® seeds. The opinion rejected the arguments from petitioner, Indiana farmer...more

SCOTUS: “First Sale” Doctrine Also Applies to Copyrighted Works Lawfully Manufactured Abroad

In arguably the most important copyright case of the past decade, the Supreme Court of the United States, in a 6-3 decision, held that the “first sale” doctrine protects the right to import and sell gray market goods. Gray...more

Can Digital Goods Ever Lawfully Be Resold? A Legal Perspective...

A recent court case in New York highlights the ever-increasing clash between copyright law designed for real-world, physical goods and a modern world embracing all things digital....more

Federal Circuit Review - Volume 3 | Issue 4 - April 2013

In This Issue: • Double Patenting Applies With Distinct Inventive Entities • Inducement Judgment Remanded in Light of Akamai • First Sale Doctrine Applies to Sales Made Abroad - Excerpt from Double...more

Protecting Your Products in Light of the U.S. Supreme Court's Holding That A Copyright Owner Only Controls the "First Sale" of a...

A copyright affords the copyright owner with “exclusive rights”. One such right is “to distribute… copies of [a] copyrighted work”under 17 U.S.C. § 106(3). Under the first sale doctrine, “The owner of a particular...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- April 19, 2013

- Capitol Records, LLC v. ReDigi, Inc., USDC S.D. New York, March 30, 2013 ..District court grants summary judgment in favor of plaintiff Capitol Records on its copyright claims against ReDigi, online “reseller” of...more

Federal Court Says No to “Used” Digital Music Marketplace

Digital music has come a long way since the era of widespread unauthorized sharing, with digital music sales estimated to be approaching $6 billion worldwide. As this market grows, a natural question is whether there can be a...more

Supreme Court Interprets Copyright "First Sale" Doctrine

Introduction - On March 19, 2013, in a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., holding that the copyright "first sale" doctrine applies to copies of works manufactured...more

Capital Records v. ReDigi, Inc.: New York District Court Determines that First Sale Doctrine does NOT apply to Digital Media. Did...

On March 30, 2013, only 11 days after the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Kirtsaeng v. Wiley to extend the first sale doctrine to foreign made goods, a United States District Court in the Southern District of New...more

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