Must You Be 'Unreasonable'? Justices To Mull Copyright Fees

By Bill Donahue (April 22, 2016, 7:30 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments Monday on exactly when courts should award attorneys' fees to successful copyright litigants — proceedings that will center on whether the "unreasonableness" of a case should make or break a bid for fees.

The case is the second trip to the high court for petitioner Supap Kirtsaeng — who won a ruling in 2012 that copyright's first-sale doctrine applies even to works sold overseas. The decision meant that textbook giant John Wiley & Sons Inc. couldn't sue him for buying cheap foreign editions and reselling them here.

Victory in hand, Kirtsaeng demanded...

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