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Session Name: A Matter of Import: The Supreme Court's Kirtsaeng Decision
MeetingType: Chapter Meeting
Date: 04/30/13
Description: New York Chapter: On March 19, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court passed down its decision in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., ruling that the first sale doctrine trumped Wiley's right to control importation of copyrighted works into the U.S. The decision allowed an enterprising college student, Kirtsaeng, to import Wiley textbooks lawfully made in Thailand into the U.S., where he sold them online for a healthy profit. The holding has potentially far reaching implications both for U.S. copyright owners who wish to price their offerings differently in different jurisdictions, and for consumers of copyrighted works seeking the lowest prices.

In the wake of the Supreme Courtís ruling in Kirtsaeng, the content and media industries have found themselves once again polarized on a fundamental issue of copyright law. The Copyright Society of the USA has assembled a distinguished panel to discuss the Supreme Courtís decision and its potential impact on the publishing industry and other copyright-centered industries, such as recorded music.

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Speaker(s): Allan Adler, Jennifer Pariser, Lisa T. Simpson
Moderator(s): Dan Hunter
Keywords: First Sale, Importation Right, Legislation, Litigation, Publishing