1st Sale Doctrine Limited By 2nd Circ. In Textbook Row

Law360, New York (August 15, 2011, 4:33 PM EDT) -- The Second Circuit ruled Monday that the first-sale doctrine in copyright law does not apply to copies manufactured outside the U.S., a win for publisher John Wiley & Sons Inc., which sued a California man for reselling cheap Asian editions of its textbooks.

A panel voted 2-1 to affirm an earlier win for Wiley, which sued Thailand-born Supap Kirtsaeng for reselling less expensive versions of its textbooks made by Wiley's Asian subsidiary for use in Asia.

The century-old first-sale doctrine is a law that holds that...
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