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A Supreme Court Win for U.S. Consumers

In a 6 to 3 decision handed down on March 19, 2013, the United States Supreme Court chalked up a rare victory for consumers over text book publishers, record labels, and others who sought to restrain the resale of copyrighted...more

Kirtsaeng DBA BlueChristine v. John Wiley & Sons

Supreme Court Decision in Kirtsaeng v. Wiley (Copy)

The United States Supreme Court's long awaited decision on owners' rights in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons. In its opinion, the high court upheld the first sale doctrine. In the words of media site Boing Boing: "Supreme...more

Does the First Sale Rule Apply to Works Manufactured Outside the United States?

Under the Copyright Act, copyright owners are granted the exclusive right to prevent the unauthorized sale or distribution of copies of their works to the public. The first sale doctrine creates an exception to this rule by...more

Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons: How the Supreme Court Will Decide the Fate of eBay, Libraries, and Yard Sales

The Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments concerning the global reach of domestic copyright law. At issue in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons is the first sale doctrine, which permits the owner of a copyrighted item to...more

The First Sale Doctrine Under Copyright Law Update - Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons [Video]

A copyright case presently before the U.S. Supreme Court called Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons concerns whether the “first sale doctrine” – which provides that once a copyrighted product is sold it can be re-sold by the...more

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