Karol Kepchar Quoted in Law360 on Supreme Court Copyright Case
Karol Kepchar, an intellectual property partner at Akin Gump, is quoted in Law360 discussing the Supreme Court’s ruling in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons Inc.
The case in question centers on the U.S. Copyright Act and whether its first-sale doctrine extends to products made outside the United States. In its 6-3 ruling, the Court said it does. Imported copyrighted goods, the majority wrote, are subject to the same rules as those purchased in the United States.
Kepchar said the impact of the ruling could be felt most acutely in developing nations, where people may find “that textbooks and other copyrighted works that are priced appropriately to their market will be less accessible.”