Kirtsaeng Entitled to Attorney’s Fees

The Owners’ Rights Initiative (ORI) issued the following statement today in support of Supap Kirtsaeng’s petition, which asks the Supreme Court to overturn the 2nd Circuit’s denial of his attorneys’ fees. Executive Director Andrew Shore made the following statement: “Supap Kirtsaeng, a college student, overcame tremendous odds to defeat publish behmouth John Wiley and Sons. …

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ORI ENDORSES CONGRESSIONAL MOBILE DEVICE UNLOCKING LEGISLATION

“ORI is thrilled to endorse the “Unlocking Technology Act” — bipartisan legislation that will permanently free mobile devices for their owners to use as they see fit.  We commend Representatives Lofgren, Massie, Eshoo and Polis for working towards a permanent solution to this problem.  Cellphones and other devices are no longer a luxury but now …

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ORI Applauds Farenthold-Polis YODA Legislation

February 10, Washington, D.C. – The Owners’ Rights Initiative (ORI) issued the following statement today regarding introduction of the “You Own Devices Act” by Congressmen Blake Farenthold (R-TX) and Jared Polis (D-CO). Executive Director Andrew Shore made the following statement: “YODA addresses the growing problem where rights’ holders are controlling downstream distribution of their products …

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You Can’t Misuse Copyright to Thwart the First Sale Doctrine

Writing for the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Judge Kim Wardlaw affirmed the district courts decision requiring Omega to pay Costco nearly $400,000 in attorney’s fees for misusing their copyright to thwart the First Sale Doctrine.  Omega had initially sued Costco for importing watches into the United States without their permission in alleged …

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ORI Advisor Doug Kari Published in Ars Technica

Sometimes all it takes to alter the course of history is one pissed-off person. Supap Kirtsaeng wasn’t a crusader or lone nut; he was just an eBay trader who got backed into a legal corner and refused to give up. To help pay for grad school at USC, he sold textbooks online—legitimate copies that he’d …

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eBay Exec Tod Cohen Discusses Ownership Rights on eBay Radio

Yesterday, Tod Cohen, Vice President of eBay Inc.’s Global Government Relations team, spoke about the importance of protecting owners’ rights and the Owners’ Rights Initiative on eBay Radio.  In recent years, there have been attempts to restrict the ability of individuals to resell items that they have legitimately purchased.  In 2013, the Supreme Court took …

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