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NY Chapter: A Matter of Import: Supreme Court’s Kirtsaeng Decision
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In the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Kirtsaeng, the content and media industries have found themselves once again polarized on a fundamental issue of copyright law. We will discuss the Supreme Court’s decision and its potential impact on the publishing industry and other copyright-centered industries, such as recorded music.

When: Tuesday, April 30, 2013
12:00 Noon - 2:00 PM
Where: The Princeton Club
15 West 43rd Street
New York, New York  10036
United States
Contact: Amy Nickerson

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A Matter of Import: Supreme Court’s Kirtsaeng Decision Revisits

First Sale Doctrine and Tackles Geographic Limitations on Exhaustion

On March 19, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court passed down its decision in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., ruling that the first sale doctrine trumped Wiley's right to control importation of copyrighted works into the U.S. The decision allowed an enterprising college student, Kirtsaeng, to import Wiley textbooks lawfully made in Thailand into the U.S., where he sold them online for a healthy profit. The holding has potentially far reaching implications both for U.S. copyright owners who wish to price their offerings differently in different jurisdictions, and for consumers of copyrighted works seeking the lowest prices.

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Kirtsaeng, the content and media industries have found themselves once again polarized on a fundamental issue of copyright law. The Copyright Society of the U.S.A. has assembled a distinguished panel (biographies below) to discuss the Supreme Court’s decision and its potential impact on the publishing industry and other copyright-centered industries, such as recorded music. Please join us at noon on Tuesday, April 30th for an exciting and timely discussion regarding the ramifications of this significant decision.

Time: 12:00 p.m.-12:30 p.m.: Networking Reception (cash bar)
2:30 p.m.-1:00 p.m.: Lunch
1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.: Program (Please note: event will end promptly)
Cost: $70.00 (Members) $85.00 (Nonmembers) $33.00 (Students - Limited; please email requests to
CLE: The Copyright Society of the USA is a NY CLE Approved Provider.  This course is Transitional and Nontransitional, and provides 1.0 Professional Practice Credit (based on 50 minutes).

Registration Deadline: Noon – April 26 - FULL BROCHURE




Allan Adler

Allan Adler is the General Counsel and Vice President for Government Affairs for the Association of American Publishers, the national trade association of the U.S. book publishing industry. In this role, Mr. Adler oversees AAP's legislative, regulatory and litigation activities on behalf of its 350 member organizations. He is the U.S. book publishing industry's chief representative with respect to Congress, the Administration, federal agencies and international bodies such as the World Intellectual Property Organization, and oversees strategies for AAP members' engagement on intellectual property, First Amendment, education, and technology issues. Mr. Adler graduated from SUNY Binghamton and obtained his law degree from The National Law Center of the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. After serving as Legislative Counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union, Mr. Adler was a partner in the Washington law firm of Cohn and Marks, where he focused on telecommunications and information policies.

Dan Hunter

Dan Hunter is a Professor of Law and the Director of the Institute for Information Law & Policy at New York Law School. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He is an expert in intellectual property and internet law, and regularly publishes on issues dealing with the intersection of computers and law, including papers dealing with the regulation of virtual worlds, the use of artificial intelligence in law, and high technology aspects of intellectual property. His scholarship has appeared in journals such as the California Law Review (three times), the Texas Law Review, the William & Mary Law Review, and the Journal of Legal Education. He is a panelist for the resolution of domain name disputes for the World Intellectual Property Organization, and is on the editorial board of numerous journals. His most recent books have been Oxford’s Introduction to Intellectual Property (OUP, 2012), Amateur Media (Routledge, 2012) and For The Win: How Game Thinking Can Revolutionize Your Business (Wharton Digital, 2012). His current projects include a large-scale examination of the development of user-generated content, an intellectual property history of LEGO, and work on the social significance of luxury handbags.

Jennifer Pariser

Jennifer Pariser is Senior Vice President of Litigation & Anti-Piracy for RIAA, where she oversees all litigation matters including lawsuits against individuals and companies engaged in copyright infringement both online and in the hard good context. She also provides counsel on a wide variety of other legal issues for the association. Jenny previously served as Senior Vice President & Associate General Counsel at Sony Music Entertainment, overseeing all the company's litigation matters. Prior to that she was an associate with the firms Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler and Debevoise & Plimpton in New York and also served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Charles Tenney in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. She graduated from New York University Law School in 1989 where she was a member of the Law Review. She lectures extensively on copyright topics including at the Copyright Society of the USA, the American and New York Bar Associations, PLI and various law schools.

Lisa T. Simpson

Lisa T. Simpson is a partner in the Intellectual Property and Litigation groups of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. She served as counsel to Supap Kirtsaeng on his appeal the U.S. Supreme Court, securing a 6-3 decision in Mr. Kirtsaeng's favor on the issue of the first sale doctrine's applicability to goods manufactured abroad. Ms. Simpson's practice focuses on representing retail, technology and entertainment companies in various matters involving copyright, trademark, false advertising, right of publicity, defamation and licensing disputes. Ms. Simpson was on the trial team that secured a jury verdict for MGA Entertainment, Inc. in its copyright and trade secrets dispute over the Bratz dolls and is currently representing Dish Networks, LLC in its ongoing copyright litigation with the broadcast networks over various features offered by DISH's Hopper DVR, including AutoHop. Ms. Simpson received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Duke University and obtained her J.D. with high honors from Duke Law, where she served as Editor of the Duke Journal of Law & Contemporary Problems and as a member of the Moot Court Board.

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