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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…

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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…


ALA Joins Coalition to Protect Library Lending Rights

Today, the American Library Association announced that it has joined–as a founding member–the Owners’ Rights Initiative (ORI)–a coalition of retailers, libraries, educators, Internet companies and associations working to protect ownership rights in the United States. The coalition was formed to champion “first-sale rights,” or ownership rights, as the issue will…