March 21, 2013 | Room 602
Reception: 5:45 | Event: 6:00
American University Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington DC, 20016 (map)
Live webcast at 6:00pm
Supap Kirtsaeng helped to finance his doctorate in mathematics at the University of Southern California by having friends and family send him textbooks they purchased in Thailand for resale in the United States through eBay. Although these books were lawfully purchased in Thailand, Kirtsaeng was sued by John Wiley & Sons for copyright infringement.
In this case, the Supreme Court revisits the relationship between the Copyright Act’s limits on importation of a copyrighted work without the copyright owner’s permission and the first sale doctrine, which permits resale of copies of a work without permission. The Court divided evenly over this issue in a 2010 case pitting Costco against Omega.
On March 19, 2013, the Supreme Court held that “the ‘first sale’ doctrine applies to copies of a copyrighted work lawfully made abroad.”
Arguments were heard in October 2012. This spring, PIJIP is pleased to welcome Counsel of Record for Petitioner along with Counsel for amici, to discuss the case, the oral argument, and the implications of the case going forward.
Washington College of Law, Moderator
Sam P. Israel P.C., Counsel for Petitioner
Association of American Publishers
Robbins Russell, Counsel for amicus Costco, Inc., in support of Petitioner
Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel, PLLC Counsel for amicus Omega, in support of Respondent
Association of Research Libraries
Brief amicus curiae of Association of Service and Computer Dealers
Brief amici curiae of American Library Association, et al.
Brief amicus curiae of Costco Wholesale Corporation
Brief amicus curiae of Intellectual Property Owners Association in support of neither party
Brief amici curiae of Powell’s Books Inc., et al.
Brief amici curiae of Public Knowledge, et al.
Brief amici curiae of eBay Inc., et al.
Brief amici curiae of 25 Intellectual Property Law Professors
Brief amici curiae of Retail Litigation Center, Inc., et al.
Brief amici curiae of Entertainment Merchants Association, et al.
Brief amici curiae of Association of Art Museum Directors, et al.
Brief amicus curiae of Goodwill Industries International, Inc.
Brief amicus curiae of Knowledge Ecology International in support of neither party
Brief amicus curiae of Omega S.A. filed.
Brief amicus curiae of Business Software Alliance
Brief amicus curiae of Text and Academic Authors Association
Brief amicus curiae of the United States
Brief amicus curiae of American Intellectual Property Law Association
Brief amici curiae of Motion Picture Association of America, Inc., et al.
Brief amicus curiae of Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA)
Brief amicus curiae of Professor Hugh C. Hansen
Brief amicus curiae of Association of American Publishers
Brief amicus curiae of American Bar Association
Brief amicus curiae of LicenseLogic, LLC
SCOTUSblog Entry: Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.