October 4, 2015

A New Issue Brief From Library Copyright Alliance: “Impact of Supreme Court Decision in Kirtsaeng v. Wiley”

An issue brief that looks at the impact of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Kirtsaeng v. Wiley was released today by the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA).

The LCA is made up of the following organizations: ACRL, ALA, and ARL.

The brief was written by Jonathan Band.

From the Issue Brief:

This paper first provides background on this issue and an overview of the Kirtsaeng litigation. It then summarizes Justice Breyer’s majority opinion, Justice Kagan’s concurrence, and Justice Ginsburg’s dissent, emphasizing the opinions’references to libraries. The paper next discusses the likely arguments of those who may seek to overturn the Court’s decision and the shortcomings of those arguments. Finally, the paper concludes that the Supreme Court decision represents a complete victory for libraries, reaffirming the importance of libraries’ engagement in policy debates.

Direct to Full Text: “Impact of Supreme Court Decision in Kirtsaeng v. Wiley” (14 pages; PDF)

See Also: Supreme Court Rules in Kirtsaeng v. Wiley: “First Sale Doctrine Applies to Copies of Copyrighted Work Lawfully Made Abroad”
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