First sale rule

Definition of First sale rule

Under this doctrine, a copyright holder who conveys title to a particular copy of a copyrighted work relinquishes exclusive right to vend that particular copy; although holder’s other rights remain intact, vendee holds right to distribute the transferred copy in whatever manner vendee chooses. U.S. v. Powell, C.A. Minn., 701 F.2d 70, 72.

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