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Recently an unusual collection of amici argued that the Supreme Court should not allow copyright owners to prevent U.S. resale of works authorized for sale by the copyright owner in a foreign country because it would be impractical and would exceed the proper scope of protection provided by statute. The court agreed and held in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. that the first-sale doctrine allows the owner of a particular copy of a work that was lawfully made anywhere in the world to sell or otherwise dispose of that copy.

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