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Public Knowledge Amicus Brief in John Wiley & Sons, Inc. v. Kirtsaeng Petition for Certiorari

Public Knowledge Amicus Brief in John Wiley & Sons, Inc. v. Kirtsaeng Petition for Certiorari

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No. 11-697
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 In The
Supreme Court of the United States
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---------------------------------SUPAP KIRTSAENGD/B/A BLUECHRISTINE99,
 Petitioner,
v.JOHN WILEY & SONS, INC.,
 Respondent.
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On Petition For A Writ Of CertiorariTo The United States Court Of AppealsFor The Second Circuit
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BRIEF OF
 AMICI CURIAE
 PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE, ELECTRONICFRONTIER FOUNDATION, AND U.S.PUBLIC INTEREST RESEARCH GROUPIN SUPPORT OF PETITIONER
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 AROLD
F
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Counsel of Record
 J
ODIE
G
RIFFIN
 S
HERWIN
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 P
UBLIC
NOWLEDGE
 1818 N Street, NWSuite 410Washington, DC 20036(202) 861-0020hfeld@publicknowledge.orgC
ORYNNE
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C
S
HERRY
 E
LECTRONIC
F
RONTIER
F
OUNDATION
 454 Shotwell StreetSan Francisco, CA 94110(415) 436-9333 x 122
Counsel for Amici Curiae
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COCKLE LAW BRIEF PRINTING CO. (800) 225-6964OR CALL COLLECT (402) 342-2831
 
iTABLE OF CONTENTSPageINTEREST OF THE
 AMICI CURIAE
................. 1SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT .............................. 2 ARGUMENT ........................................................ 3I. The Second Circuit’s Interpretation of 17 U.S.C. § 109 Extends and Deepensthe Existing Circuit Split Regarding theRelationship Between Sections 109 and602 ............................................................. 3 A. In the Decision Below, the SecondCircuit Adopted the Most SevereInterpretation of Sections 109(a) and602(a) Thus Far ................................... 4B. The Second Circuit Has Rejected theNinth Circuit’s Exception for Foreign-Manufactured Goods Sold in the UnitedStates with the Copyright Owner’sPermission ........................................... 6II. The Second Circuit’s Erroneous Interpre-tation of Section 109(a) Will Impair Trade,Innovation, and the Free Market for Copiesof Copyright-Protected Goods .................... 8 A. Sections 109 and 602 Should Be Inter-preted to Avoid Manifestly AbsurdResults ................................................. 8B. The Second Circuit’s Decision PermitsCopyright Owners to Indefinitely Con-trol the Distribution of All Foreign-Manufactured Copies .......................... 11
 
iiTABLE OF CONTENTS – ContinuedPage1. New Impediments to the Resale of Lawfully Purchased Goods HarmConsumers and Businesses ............ 122. Copyright Owners May Attempt toSeize Indefinite Control Over Dis-tribution by Moving Their Manu-facturing Activities Abroad ............. 163. The Lower Court’s Interpretationof “Lawfully Made Under ThisTitle” Could Also Preclude Consum-ers from Displaying Their Lawfully Acquired Copies .............................. 17C. The Decision Below Would AuthorizeCopyright Owners to Enjoin ParallelImports, Contrary to CongressionalIntent and Consumers’ Interest .......... 19III. The Current Circuit Split Can Be Re-solved by Adopting an Alternative Inter-pretation .................................................... 22 A. The Text of the Copyright Act Weighsin Favor of Applying the First SaleDoctrine to Works Manufactured andSold Abroad ......................................... 23B. Under this Interpretation, Section 602Still Has a Purpose in the StatutoryScheme ................................................. 24CONCLUSION ..................................................... 26

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