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First Sale Doctrine Supreme Court of the United States Copyright

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 -

Supreme Court Expands Patent Exhaustion, Leaving Many Unanswered Questions, Including Effects on Copyright Law's First-Sale...

by Lathrop Gage on

On May 30, 2017, the United States Supreme Court expanded the concept of patent exhaustion. Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc., No. 15-1189 (U.S. May 30, 2017)....more

The Supreme Court Clarifies Standard For Attorney Fee Awards In Copyright Cases

by Buchalter on

Copyright infringement litigation has been on the rise in recent years, particularly in the Central District of California, with the apparel industry feeling the brunt of this uptick. In a typical case, a plaintiff alleges...more

The Kirtsaeng Opinion: Supreme Court Guidance on Attorneys’ Fees Awards in Copyright Cases

Recently, in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., the U.S. Supreme Court provided substantial guidance in an unsettled area of law by holding that, when deciding whether to award attorneys’ fees under 17 U.S.C. §505, the...more

Supreme Court In Kirstaeng V Wiley: Objective Reasonableness Not Controlling For Attorney Fees

by Ladas & Parry LLP on

The case of Kirstaeng v. Wiley hit the headlines in 2013 when the Supreme Court held that importation and sale in the United States of books bought from the copyright owner in Thailand was not an infringement of copyright,...more

Supreme Court Injects Uncertainty Into Attorney’s Fee Awards in Copyright Cases

The day after it liberalized the standard for awarding enhanced damages in patent cases, a unanimous Supreme Court, in an opinion authored by Justice Kagan, substantially broadened lower courts’ discretion in granting...more

The Importance of Being Earnest and Objectively Reasonable

Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. continues to make controlling copyright law, visiting the U.S. Supreme Court for the second time on an issue of great importance to copyright owners and litigants. This time, the issued...more

Objective Reasonableness Can Be Central to Fee-Shifting Analysis in Copyright Cases

In Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., the Supreme Court clarified the test for awarding attorney’s fees when applying the Copyright Act’s discretionary fee-shifting provision, 17 U.S.C. § 505. The Court held that the...more

The Double-Edged Sword: Supreme Court Holds “Objective Reasonableness” Important But Not Dispositive in Copyright Act Fee Awards

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

It is a common misperception that a party will automatically recover its attorneys’ fees if it prevails in an action for copyright infringement. First, certain statutory requirements must be met in order to qualify for the...more

MoFo IP Newsletter - January 2016

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Highlights of 2015 and What to Watch in 2016 in The United States - Commil USA, llC v. CiSCo SyStemS, inC. (Supreme Court, may 26, 2015). In May, the Supreme Court held that a good faith belief that an asserted patent...more

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

by Smith Anderson on

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...

by Knobbe Martens on

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

by Buchalter on

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?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

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

Points & Authorities - Summer 2013: The Entertainment Issue

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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

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

by DLA Piper on

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

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

by Bloomberg Law on

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

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

by Buchalter on

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

Supreme Court Interprets Copyright "First Sale" Doctrine

by White & Case LLP on

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

'Gray Market' Lawyer: Congress Won't Change Copyright Laws

by Bloomberg Law on

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

by King & Spalding on

*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

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

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

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

by White & Case LLP on

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

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