Ruling Sets Limits on Resales of Software

A federal appeals court said that software makers can use shrink-wrap and click-wrap licenses to forbid the transfer or resale of their wares, an apparent gutting of the so-called first-sale doctrine. The court said that the first-sale doctrine -- an affirmative defense to copyright infringement that allows legitimate owners of copies of copyrighted works to resell those copies -- is "unavailable to those who are only licensed to use their copies of copyrighted works."

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