Ominous copyright ruling stands

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December 21, 2010
Foundation for Economic Education
by Wendy McElroy  
Posted in Commentary

"A stunning but little-noticed Supreme Court ruling signals that the face of business and the boundaries of ownership could soon change dramatically. The December 13 ruling in Costco Wholesale Corp. v. Omega S.A. is little-noticed because as a 4-to-4 decision, with one Justice recused, it merely affirmed a lower-court decision without setting a national precedent. What it signals is how all but one Justice would rule on the 'first-sale' doctrine within copyright law." (12/21/10)  

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