Kirtsaeng v. Wiley Incentivizes Digital Distribution

Ilaria Maggioni

In Kirtsaeng v. Wiley, the Supreme Court ruled that once a copyrighted work has been sold by its owner anywhere in the world, it is free to be resold—including by importation into the U.S. itself. Hence, under U.S. copyright law a doctrine of “worldwide exhaustion of rights” now applies.


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