High Court Says 1st-Sale Doctrine Covers Foreign Goods

Law360, New York (March 19, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that federal copyright law's first-sale doctrine extends to products made outside the U.S.

With a 6-3 vote, the high court reversed and remanded a Second Circuit ruling that found the Copyright Act's first-sale doctrine — which holds that a copy, once sold the first time, is out of the copyright owner's control — only applies to goods made in the U.S. The Second Circuit had handed a win to John Wiley & Sons Inc. in the textbook publisher's copyright suit...
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