Supreme Court To Take Up 1st-Sale Rule In Textbook Row

Law360, New York (April 16, 2012, 2:22 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear claims involving textbook publisher John Wiley & Sons Inc. over whether the first-sale doctrine in copyright law applies to copies manufactured outside the U.S. — a year after the high court failed to set precedent in a similar suit.

The justices granted a petition for a writ of certiorari by Supap Kirtsaeng, who was found liable for infringing Wiley's copyrights by reselling less expensive versions of its textbooks that were sold in Asia. The Second Circuit ruled last year that the first-sale doctrine does not apply to copies made outside the U.S....

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