LaFrance on International Exhaustion of Copyright: The Supreme Court's Decision in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 568 U.S. ___, 2013 U.S. LEXIS 2371 (March 19, 2013) (PDF)
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In Kirtsaeng, the Supreme Court held that the first sale rule of copyright law applies to foreign as well as domestically made copies, thus injecting the principle of international exhaustion into United States copyright law. It remains to be seen, however, whether the copyright industries will persuade Congress to fully or partially restore the importation ban.
Mary LaFrance is the IGT Professor of Intellectual Property Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Prior to joining the Boyd School of Law, Professor LaFrance served on the faculty of the Florida State University College of Law and the Florida State University School of Motion Pictures, Television, and Recording Arts. She is the author of numerous books and law review articles on domestic and international intellectual property law, as well as the taxation of intellectual property. Her books include Intellectual Property Cases and Materials (West 4th ed. 2012) (with David Lange, Gary Myers, and Lee Ann Lockridge), Understanding Trademark Law (Matthew Bender 2d ed. 2009), Copyright Law in a Nutshell (West 2008), Global Issues in Copyright Law (West 2009), and Understanding Intellectual Property Law (Mathew Bender 2011) (with Donald Chisum, Tyler Ochoa, and Shubha Ghosh).
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