Groups Ask High Court To Nix Software Resale Ruling

Law360, New York (June 21, 2011, 7:56 PM EDT) -- Civil liberties, academic and consumer groups on Monday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to protect the first-sale doctrine and overturn a Ninth Circuit ruling that lets software makers bar their customers from reselling used copies by claiming they are really licensees.

“Magic words” in end user license agreements that almost no one reads should not be able to override the first-sale doctrine, the century-old rule that copyright owners like book publishers cannot stop their products from being resold, the groups said in a joint court filing....
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