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Supreme Court’s decision could impact consumers’ ability to sell their own stuff

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. could have a direct effect not only on copyright law, but also on consumers’ ability to do things as commonplace as hold garage sales, see works at a museum or buy and sell personal goods online.The case considers whether the first-sale doctrine, which limits some of the rights copyright holders have over products after an initial sale, applies to works and products created outside of the United States.

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