First Sale Doctrine Secondary Markets Costco

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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The U.S. Supreme Court Grants Cert to Decide Scope of First Sale Doctrine

The U.S. Supreme Court has granted cert in order to decide an issue of great importance to all businesses involved in manufacturing and distributing products throughout the world, particularly those involved in retailing and...more

Second Circuit, in Matter of First Impression in that Circuit, Holds that non-U.S. Production or Use Does Not Trigger “First Sale...

In reporting on Omega S.A. v. Costco Wholesale Corp., 541 F.3d 982 (9th Cir. 2008), aff’d by an evenly divided Court, Costco Wholesale Corp v. Omega, S.A., 131 S.Ct. 565 (2010) — a Ninth Circuit decision affirmed by the U.S....more

Parallel Imports and the First Sale Doctrine

Reprinted and/or posted with the permission of Daily Journal Corp. (2011). Under the “first sale” or “exhaustion” doctrine in intellectual property law, a lawful purchaser of a copyrighted, patented or trademarked...more

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