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Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. v. Kirtsaeng, 08 Civ. 7834 (DCP) (S.D.N.Y. Oct. 19, 2009), aff’d, 654 F.3d 210 (2d Cir. 2010), rev’d and remanded sub nom. Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 133 S. Ct. 1351 (U.S. 2013).


This federal copyright infringement case against a U.S. college student, Kirtsaeng, who imported into the U.S. copyrighted books manufactured at lower costs overseas specifically for the overseas market and then resold them in the U.S. at a higher price, went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court twice. Although it seemingly concerned only the scope and meaning of the First Sale Doctrine of Copyright Law . . .

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