Tuesday, October 30, 2012

EFF and Techdirt Posts About "First Sale" Doctrine Case

Yesterday the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley.  The case involves the "first sale" doctrine, or the issue of whether someone who buys a copy of something legally manufactured abroad can resell, lend or give away the copy without getting permission from the copyright owner.  EFF and Techdirt have excellent posts about the case.  While oral argument isn't always a reliable predictor of the outcome of a lawsuit, the oral argument went very well for petitioner Kirtsaeng, who claims she has first sale rights in John Wiley's books that were purchased overseas.  UPTDATE: Here is an analysis by SCOTUSblog.

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