Bobbs-Merrill Company v. Straus

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Bobbs-Merrill Company v. Straus by William R. Day
Bobbs-Merrill Co. v. Straus, 210 U.S. 339 (1908), was a United States Supreme Court decision concerning the scope of rights accorded owners of a copyright. This was a case of first impression concerning whether the copyright laws permit an owner to control a purchaser's subsequent sale of a copyrighted work. The Court's ruling established what came to be known as the "first-sale doctrine", which was later codified as § 109(a) of the Copyright Act of 1976. — Excerpted from Bobbs-Merrill Co. v. Straus on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Court Documents
Opinion of the Court

United States Supreme Court

210 U.S. 339


 Argued: March 12, 13, 1908. --- Decided: June 1, 1908

Messrs. W. H. H. Miller, C. C. Shirley, and Samuel D. Miller for appellant.

Messrs. John G. Carlisle and Edmond E. Wise for appellees.

Mr. Stephen H. Olin on behalf of Charles Scribner's Sons.

[Argument of Counsel from page 340 intentionally omitted]

Mr. Justice Day delivered the opinion of the court:


This work is in the public domain in the United States because it is a work of the United States federal government (see 17 U.S.C. 105).