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 copies lawfully made abroad. The decision in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (No. 11-697, March 19, 2013) held that a copyright owner’s right to prohibit importation of copies is trumped by the first sale doctrine. The decision will benefit individuals and businesses such as online retailers and gray-market importers, who operate in the secondary market for copyrighted works. In addition, U.S. companies who sell copyrighted works abroad at lower prices will be unable to prevent their importation into the United States. This case may likely have ramifications beyond copyright law, as it may require the Federal Circuit to reconsider its prior panel decisions with respect to the first sale doctrine in patent law.