Joseph Gratz Presents ABA Webinar on Law of eBooks

June 28, 2011

On June 28, 2011, Durie Tangri partner Joe Gratz, along with Aaron Perzanowski of Wayne State University Law School, presented a webinar titled “Is Copyright’s First Sale Doctrine Dying?,” sponsored by the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law and Section of Litigation.  The ABA described the program as follows:

Books, movies, and music are increasingly being consumed not in the form of physical copies but in the form of electronic downloads or streams.  Copyright’s first sale doctrine has traditionally protected consumers’ and libraries’ right to lend and resell copyrighted works.  But license terms and copy-protection technologies under which electronic copies are made available generally restrict or bar such lending and resale.  This shift may provide a much-needed new revenue stream for ailing content industries.  But it may also come as a surprise to anyone who’s ever loaned a book to a friend.

This panel will discuss recent cases and industry developments and explore how the first sale doctrine applies – or should apply – in a world of networked digital media.