The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is set to hear arguments in three similar cases dealing with the first-sale doctrine in copyright law. The general question is: When you buy a CD or software, can you resell it or must you obey the orders of the software or music company? Two of the cases involve individuals reselling Autodesk and Blizzard software and the other concerns whether the resale of promotional CDs on eBay infringes a recording company's copyright on the material.
First-Sale Copyright Cases Headed for 9th Circuit
May 6, 2010