Library Copyright Alliance Files Brief with Supreme Court on First-Sale Doctrine

The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) — comprised of the American Library Association (ALA), the Association for College & Research Libraries (ACRL) and the Association for Research Libraries (ARL) — today filed an amicus curiae brief with the Supreme Court of the United States in support of petitioner Costco Wholesale Corporation in Costco v. Omega. The LCA asks the Supreme Court to reverse the Ninth Circuit Court’s decision, as it may threaten libraries’ lending rights.

Omega, a luxury watch manufacturer, claims Costco infringed its copyrights by importing authentic Omega watches from abroad rather than buying them from the U.S. distributor at a higher price.  The LCA believes this case could diminish the legal provision that allows libraries to lend books. Read more in the LCA announcement.