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Today the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the first sale doctrine does in fact apply to works lawfully made abroad. This means that goods manufactured abroad can be lawfully sold within the United States without the permission of the copyright holder. Public Knowledge's brief was cited in the Supreme Court opinion and we are elated that the public interest will be served through this decision.
The following can be attributed to Sherwin Siy, Vice President of Legal Affairs:
"We are glad that the Supreme Court recognized and prevented the harm that could have been done by the decision of the lower court. This is a big win for the public interest, students, libraries, retailers, and consumers of all sorts who will be protected by this decision.
"The fact that these arguments made it to the Supreme Court is unsettling. We were almost in a situation where anyone that held a garage sale or loaned a book to a friend could be in violation of copyright law. We believe that this is evidence that a larger conversation about copyright reform is in order, to restore the balance of the law between the interests of authors, copyright holders, and the public."
The Supreme Court decision is linked here.