United States of America: U.S. Supreme Court Holds “First Sale” Doctrine Applies to Copies of a Copyrighted Work Lawfully Made Abroad.
The “first sale” doctrine, codified in Section 109 of the U.S. Copyright Act, permits the owner of a lawfully acquired copy of a copyrighted work to sell it without the copyright owner's permission, regardless of whether the copy was made in the United States or another country. In Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., the Supreme Court rejected any geographical restriction upon the “first sale” doctrine, relying on the language of the Copyright Act, Congressional intent, the common law, and policy considerations.
(Article by Seth I. Appel, Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America)https://www.aippi.org/enews/2013/edition30/Seth_Appel.html