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Supreme Court Endorses International Copyright Arbitrage

by Frank L. Bernstein and Jonathan D. Reichman In a much-awaited decision, Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., (lexis.com subscribers may access Supreme Court briefs and the opinion for this case) the U.S. Supreme Court held that the copyright law's "first sale" doctrine trumps...

To the Chagrin of Copyright Holders, Consumers Win the Right to Resell Imported Books

by Sharona H. Sternberg Just over a century ago, when buying a book for a dollar still seemed expensive, the Supreme Court first recognized the "first sale doctrine," a basic exception to a copyright owner's distribution rights. Once a consumer buys a copyrighted product, like a...