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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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

Southern District of New York Holds Copyright First Sale Doctrine Does Not Apply to Digital Music Files; Resale of Digital Music...

In Capital Records, LLC v. ReDigi Inc., 12 Civ. 95, (Mar. 30, 2013) (“Capital Records v. ReDigi”) Judge Sullivan of the Southern District of New York held that the copyright “first sale doctrine is limited to ‘material...more

The Aereo and ReDigi Decisions: Courts Continue to Wrestle With the Application of Copyright Law to the Redistribution of Digital...

A series of recent decisions in the Second and Ninth Circuits—including Viacom v. YouTube and UMG v. Veoh (both dealing with the distribution of user-posted copyrighted content by video hosting services) and AP v. Meltwater...more

'Gray Market' Lawyer: Congress Won't Change Copyright Laws [Video]

April 9 (Bloomberg) -- Joshua Rosenkranz, head of the Supreme Court and Appellate Litigation practice at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, talks with Bloomberg Law's Spencer Mazyck about obtaining a landmark victory from...more

Intellectual Property Newsletter - March 2013

*News from the Bench: - First Sale Doctrine Applies To Copyrighted Works Lawfully Made Abroad. - Dissenting Federal Circuit Judges Abide By The Akamai Standard. - More On Joint Infringement and The Akamai...more

Consumers 1, Publishers 0 in Recent Supreme Court Copyright Decision

Do you manufacture copyright-protected goods in the U.S. for distribution in the American market and abroad for distribution at lower cost elsewhere? The Supreme Court handed down a decision March 19 with the potential to...more

The Interplay Between Digital Media and the First Sale Doctrine

The first sale doctrine allows owners of copies of copyrighted works (e.g. used books, CDs, DVDs) to resell their copies without restriction, and it is this distinction between sales and licenses that has made the licensing...more

Supreme Court Declines to Decide Whether the “First Sale Doctrine” Should Apply to Patent Law

On March 25, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court denied the petition for certiorari filed by Ninestar Technology Co. in a case decided by the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals last year captioned Ninestar Tech. Co. v. ITC (Supreme...more

IP Update, Vol. 16, No. 3, March 2013

In This Issue: Supreme Court - Supreme Court Finds That “First Sale” Doctrine Applies to Works Patents - Joint Actors as It Relates to Method Claim Infringement; Federal Circuit Ruling Clears Way...more

Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter #26

We are pleased to present the 26th edition of the Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter. This month, we highlight a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision favoring the emerging gray market, arbitration of...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- March 28, 2013

In This Issue: - Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., U.S. Supreme Court, March 19, 2013: In a 6-to-3 decision with far-reaching implications, U.S. Supreme Court holds that copyright “first sale” doctrine...more

The Supreme Court Issues A Decision In Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons Inc,

Following up on our previous blog post addressing Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons Inc., the Supreme Court recently held, in a 6-3 decision, that the “first sale” doctrine applies to works produced and sold overseas. The...more

U.S. Supreme Court Creates Challenges for International Producers of Copyrighted Works in Kirtsaeng First Sale Doctrine Decision

In a March 19, 2013 decision in Kirtsaeng v John Wiley & Sons, Inc., the Supreme Court turned aside copyright owners’ attempts to draw geographic limits around the application of the “first sale” doctrine, holding that the...more

Supreme Court Applies “First Sale” Doctrine to Foreign-Made Copyrighted Goods

The Supreme Court ruled in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. that copyright law does not prohibit the unauthorized importation and sale of copyrighted goods manufactured outside the United States. This decision, which...more

U.S. Supreme Court Applies "First Sale" Copyright Doctrine To Allow Import And Sale Of Gray Goods

On March 19, the United States Supreme Court in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2013 WL 1104736, held that the "first sale" doctrine, as codified in the Copyright Act, applies to copyrighted works lawfully manufactured...more

Copyright and Patent Implications of Supreme Court's First Sale Doctrine Ruling

In a 6-3 decision issued on March 19, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the first sale doctrine, which allows the owner of a “lawfully made” copy of a copyrighted work to freely sell it, also applies to the resale of...more

U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies "First-Sale" Doctrine's Applicability to Copyrighted Works Manufactured Abroad

On March 19, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision clarifying the bounds of copyright owners' rights in the global marketplace. In Kirtsaeng, dba BlueChristine99 v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.,1 the Court held that the...more

Free Product Distribution or Discounted Component Distribution Likely Does Not Exhaust Patent Rights

In LifeScan, Inc. v. Shasta Technologies, LLC, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 38677 (N.D. Cal. Mar. 19, 2013), Judge Davila granted plaintiff’s motion for a preliminary injunction to address claims of patent infringement, and...more

International Reach Given to First Sale Doctrine in Kirtsaeng Deals a Blow to Copyright Owners

In a decision likely to have broad implications on international consumerism and alternative markets, the Supreme Court, in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, articulated the contours of the Copyright Act’s first sale doctrine...more

U.S. Supreme Court Allows Wily Gray-Market Imports

The U.S. Supreme Court has settled the long-open question of whether U.S. copyright holders can prevent the importation of gray market products in Tuesday's decision Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 568 U.S. _____, No....more

“First Sale” Doctrine Applies to Works Lawfully Made Abroad and Imported to the United States

In a decision that may significantly impact international production and distribution practices for copyrighted works, the Supreme Court of the United States on Tuesday found that the Copyright Act’s first sale doctrine was...more

Copyright Alert: Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons - USSC Holds First Sale Doctrine Applies to Foreign-Made Works, Limits...

Resolving the long legal struggle over the scope of the Copyright Act's provision governing the right of copyright owners to control imports, the Supreme Court held on Tuesday that the first sale doctrine embodied in 17...more

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