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Supreme Court Hears Copyright Dispute Over First-Sale Doctrine

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The reach of the Copyright Act's first-sale doctrine, codified at 17 U.S. Code Section 109(a), was debated Nov. 8 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 warehouse chain ( Costco...

Supreme Court Issues Split Ruling In Fair Use Copyright Dispute

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- (Mealey's) A divided U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 13 allowed to stand a Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that the Copyright Act's first-sale doctrine does not apply to goods lawfully manufactured abroad and then sold domestically ( Costco Wholesale Corp. v. Omega S...

Settlement Rejected In Google Library Project Copyright Case

NEW YORK - (Mealey's) A federal judge on March 22 refused to endorse a proposed settlement of copyright infringement allegations surrounding the Google Library Project (GLP) ( Authors Guild, et al. v. Google Inc. , No. 05-Civ-8136, S.D. N.Y.). According to Circuit Judge Denny Chin, who continues...

8th Circuit Reinstates $222,000 Statutory Damages Against File Sharer

ST. PAUL, Minn. - (Mealey's) Determining that a jury award of $222,000 from almost five years ago was constitutional, an Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Sept. 11 reinstated the award in favor of a group of six plaintiff record labels against a Minnesota woman accused of online file...

Supreme Court Hears Dispute Over Foreign Copyrights, Domestic Resale

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey's) After a 4-4 split on the issue just two years ago in Costco Wholesale Corp. v. Omega S.A . ( 131 S. Ct. 565 [2010]) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], the U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 29 heard oral arguments in a case that poses the question...

Supreme Court Reverses, Says First Sale Doctrine Applies In Copyright Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) A student accused of copyright infringement prevailed March 19 at the U.S. Supreme Court, which held in a divided ruling that the first sale doctrine applies to lawfully made works manufactured abroad and imported to the United States ( Supap Kirtsaeng d/b/a BlueChristine99...

Supreme Court Vacates, Remands in Dispute over Textbook Copyrights

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) Citing its ruling last week in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons Inc. (568 U.S. ___ [2013] (lexis.com subscribers may access Supreme Court briefs and the opinion for this case) ), the U.S. Supreme Court on March 25 granted certiorari in another dispute over copyrighted...