Supreme Court Will Hear Case on Importation and the First Sale Doctrine

The Supreme Court has announced that it will hear arguments in the Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons case. The case is about the ability of lawful owners of foreign-manufactured copyrighted materials to resell, rent, lease, and lend said materials in the United States.

I’ve written about this before, but here’s a (manually) reblogged post from Public Knowledge which provides both complementary background information and a nice follow-up on developments since my last post on the subject.

It looks like we’ll soon know whether the Supreme Court will help referee an increasingly common fight between publishers (and other distributors and manufacturers) and consumers who sell or give away their used copies of books, music, games, and basically anything that contains a copyrighted work. Publishers and manufacturers want to be able to control—or stop—sales of used goods, while consumers want to be able to dispose of their own physical property however they see fit. What the Court chooses to do could have enormous ramifications for consumers and businesses across the country that sell or lend copies of copyrighted goods, from books to toys to automobiles.

The rest of the post is here.

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