Supreme Court ruling bolsters first-sale doctrine

03/20/2013 | National Law Journal (free registration), The

The Supreme Court in a 6-3 ruling reaffirmed the first-sale doctrine in a case brought by a publisher of textbooks. The publisher contended that the first-sale doctrine did not apply to goods manufactured outside the U.S., but the court disagreed with that argument. "We also doubt that Congress would have intended to create the practical copyright-related harms with which a geographical interpretation would threaten ordinary scholarly, artistic, commercial and consumer activities," wrote Justice Stephen Breyer.

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