Copyright and the Doctrine of First Sale: The Importance to Education, Libraries, and Access to Information
The implications to our society, particularly our free public education system, free public libraries, and the traditional access to information, from a possible loss of the First Sale Doctrine is significant, but not known or understood by the American public. Multi-national companies and other corporate intellectual property owners, including industries benefiting from the DMCA legislation, are attempting to dismantle this doctrine through legislation and new business practices such as licensing and shrink-wrap agreements.
Keywords: Copyright, Intellectual Property, Libraries, Education, Cyberspace
Ms. Lynne Gamble
Intellectual Property Librarian, Library, California Polytechnic State University