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That celebratory sound you heard from your local library today was your librarian reading the Kirtsaeng v. Wiley (PDF) case handed down by the US Supreme Court this morning. I’ve added a statement on the case from The Owners’ Rights Initiative, about the Supreme Court ruling that even books purchased outside the United States are subject to the ‘First Sale Doctrine’ as long as they are legally purchased (piracy is still a no-no), and brought into the United States. As Duke University’s Kevin Smith wrote about the decision, “It seems that libraries have really ducked a bullet here.” However, he also warns that we should also be on the lookout for changes in the First Sale Doctrine brought in by the publishers through the US Congress. So, stay vigilant my librarian friends!!
Kirtsaeng v. Wiley Case
About Owners’ Rights Initiative
The Owners’ Rights Initiative (ORI) is a diverse coalition of businesses, associations and organizations that have joined together to protect ownership rights in the United States. ORI believes in the fundamental premise that if you bought it, you own it, and should have the right to sell, lend or give away your personal property. Members include: American Free Trade Association, American Association of Law Libraries, American Library Association, Association of Service and Computer Dealers International and the North American Association of Telecommunications Dealers (AscdiNatd), Association of Research Libraries, Computer and Communications Industry Association, Chegg, CXtec, eBay Inc., Etsy, Goodwill Industries International, Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), Impulse Technology, International Imaging Technology Counsel (ITC), Internet Commerce Coalition, Just Between Friends, Network Hardware Resale, Overstock.com, Inc., Powell’s Books, Quality King Distributors, Radwell International, Redbox, United Network Equipment Dealers Association (UNEDA), and XS International.