First-Sale Rule Doesn't Cover Foreign Copies: Judge

Law360, New York (September 28, 2009, 4:35 PM EDT) -- A federal judge has ruled that the first-sale doctrine — under which someone who buys a copyrighted work can resell it without violating the copyright — doesn't cover copies made abroad, handing a win to two textbook publishers trying to block the resale of foreign editions of their books in the U.S.

Judge Richard J. Holwell, of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, on Friday denied a motion by Gangua Liu, a Chinese citizen who has bought legal copies of textbooks...
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