Can a person who buys copies of a copyright-protected work lawfully made and sold overseas sell those copies in the United States without the copyright owner’s permission?  This question, arising under the “first sale” doctrine, has divided the lower courts.  Last week the Supreme Court settled the question, with significant implications for individuals and entities

Importers of copyrighted works purchased overseas – even works legally produced and purchased – may not be protected from infringement claims by the works’ United States copyright owners. On August 15, 2011, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that the “first-sale doctrine” does not apply to works manufactured outside of