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ABA Amicus Brief Supports Publisher in ‘Kirtsaeng V. John Wiley & Sons Inc.’ Copyright Case

ABA Amicus Brief Supports Publisher in ‘Kirtsaeng V. John Wiley & Sons Inc.’ Copyright Case

By mceneele

CHICAGO, September 11, 2012 – In an amicus brief filed in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons Inc., the American Bar Association is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to affirm a Second Circuit ruling and hold that, under U.S. copyright law, a copyright owner retains its exclusive right to control importation of its copyrighted goods into the United States when those goods are made and distributed abroad and the copyright owner has not authorized a sale or distribution in the United States.

ABA policy supporting the brief’s position was developed by the association’s Section of Intellectual Property Law. With 25,000 members, the section promotes development and improvement of intellectual property law and includes lawyers representing the diverse interests of copyright owners, users of works of authorship, large and small corporations, libraries, universities and individual authors.

The brief is available online here.

With nearly 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is the world’s largest voluntary professional membership organization. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

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