17 USC 109: The First Sale Doctrine

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This document is part of a series of white papers on various copyright issues. One statute, 17 USC § 109, provides a number of exceptions specifically for libraries. In addition to fair use, there are a variety of other exceptions built into the copyright law that don’t get as much attention.This paper argues that as there is no digital first sale, libraries can continue to use 17 USC ​§ ​109 for physical collections and are safe to lend the books they own without worrying about copyright problems.

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Wolfson, Stephen M. January 2018.

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This document is part of a series of white papers on various copyright issues. One statute, 17 USC § 109, provides a number of exceptions specifically for libraries. In addition to fair use, there are a variety of other exceptions built into the copyright law that don’t get as much attention.This paper argues that as there is no digital first sale, libraries can continue to use 17 USC ​§ ​109 for physical collections and are safe to lend the books they own without worrying about copyright problems.

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Wolfson, Stephen M. 17 USC 109: The First Sale Doctrine, article, January 2018; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1062822/: accessed November 17, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .