Tag Archives: first sale

Can I sell my iPod?

At present, digital ownership and copyright is a complicated issue, a fact made clear during an educational briefing hosted by the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee (ICAC) on June 13th. The panel included industry representatives Sandra Aistars, CEO of Copyright Alliance, and Keith Kupferschmid, senior vice president of the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA). Their stance was that the ... Read More »

You bought it, you own it: Copyright policy should foster freedom

To celebrate Copyright Week, the American Library Association will join a number of organizations to exchange ideas, information and actions about copyright reform. From Monday, January 13th until Saturday, January 18th, copyright experts will explore different aspects of copyright law on the District Dispatch. Guest blogger: Tomas A. Lipinski Kirtsaeng’s legacy With the Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., ... Read More »

US library lending is happening

The first sale exception is a popular topic these days for librarians, consumers and policy makers. It is so trendy right now that it almost outshines fair use, and that’s saying something. This is likely due to some recent events. The Supreme Court decision in Kirstaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. happily was decided in our favor–yes, any lawfully ... Read More »

Understanding the Supreme Court First Sale Decision

In The Impact of the Supreme Court’s Decision in Kirtsaeng v. Wiley on Libraries (pdf), Jonathan Band explains the recent landmark copyright decision on the scope of the “first sale” doctrine, its context, and its likely consequences for libraries in the US. In short, the Supreme Court’s opinion is a landmark victory that strengthens the legal foundation of library lending, and ... Read More »

Today: Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Libraries, Consumer Rights

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court supported consumer rights and libraries in the high-profile Kirtsaeng v. Wiley & Sons, Inc. case by ruling that goods lawfully made overseas are protected by the first sale doctrine. The Kirtsaeng case focused on whether Americans and businesses had the right to sell, lend, or give away the things they own that were made overseas. ... Read More »