On March 19, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, a landmark copyright case examining the reach of the "first sale" doctrine. Under that doctrine, the owner of a copy of a work that was "lawfully made" in accordance with U.S. copyright law "is entitled, without the authority of the copyright owner, to sell or otherwise dispose" of it. For instance, if you purchase a lawfully produced music CD or movie DVD in the United States, you are free to later sell it at a garage sale, donate it to a library or loan it to a friend.

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