Resale Of AutoCAD On EBay Violates IP: 9th Circ.

Law360, New York (September 13, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT) -- A federal appeals court has overturned a contentious district court decision that copyrights owned by Autodesk Inc., the maker of design software AutoCAD, did not prohibit the resale of the products through eBay Inc., ruling that the first-sale doctrine and essential step defense were of no help to the reseller.

A three-judge panel in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Friday reversed the district court's grant of summary judgment to plaintiff Timothy Vernor and remanded the case for further proceedings.

Because Vernor...
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