High Court 1st-Sale Case May Make Waves Across Industries

Law360, New York (October 22, 2012, 5:14 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court will soon hear oral arguments in a case that will determine whether the first-sale doctrine in copyright law applies to copies manufactured outside the U.S., an issue with potentially sweeping ramifications for industries ranging from publishing and film to consumer goods and museums.

Set for argument on Oct. 29, the case Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons Inc. involves a man who resold Asian editions of copyrighted textbooks on eBay Inc.'s online marketplace. The Second Circuit found him liable for infringement, ruling...
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