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Submission + - Supreme Court Upholds First Sale Doctrine ( 1

langelgjm writes: "In a closely-watched case, the U.S. Supreme Court today vindicated the first-sale doctrine, declaring that it "applies to copies of a copyrighted work lawfully made abroad." The case involved a Thai graduate student in the U.S. who sold cheap foreign versions of textbooks on eBay without the publisher’s permission. The 6-3 decision has important implications for goods sold online and in discount stores. Justice Stephen Breyer said in his opinion (PDF) that the publisher lost any ability to control what happens to its books after their first sale abroad."
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Supreme Court Upholds First Sale Doctrine

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  • The six justices in favor were Breyer, Roberts, Alito, Sotomayor, Thomas, and Kagan. Kagan filed a concurring opinion, joined by Alito.

    Ginsburg dissented, joined by Kennedy and partly joined by Scalia.

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