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Supreme Court Hears Copyright Dispute over First-Sale Doctrine

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The reach of the Copyright Act's first-sale doctrine, codified at 17 U.S. Code Section 109(a) , was debated November 8 th by an eight-member panel of the U.S. Supreme Court in a dispute over watches lawfully manufactured abroad and sold domestically by a wholesale...

Ninth Circuit extends reach of the first sale doctrine by protecting sales of free and unsolicited compact discs: UMG Recordings, Inc. v. Augusto (Jan. 4, 2011)

The Ninth Circuit recently applied the first sale doctrine in a case involving free and unsolicited promotional compact discs (CDs). The court held that because of the distribution method, title to the promotional CDs was transferred to the recipients, and an infringement action could not be based upon...