EFF reports on a recent (US) Supreme Court ruling You Bought It, You Own It: Supreme Court Victory for Common Sense and Owners’ Right
In a long-anticipated decision, the Supreme Court held today that the first sale doctrine applies to works made outside of the United States. In other words, if you bought it, you own it—no matter where it was manufactured. That’s a major victory for consumers, and also libraries, used bookstores, and all kinds of groups that depend on the right to lend or resell the goods they’ve legally purchased.
It’s important that copyright law is applied and upheld in a sane and sensible way, and this ruling does that very well. Nice to see, given all the nonsense in recent years around copyright abuse by corporations (including the repeated “Mickey Mouse” extension of the copyright term).