Imagine for a moment that you are in the market for a new car. You find a sports car that you like, talk with a salesperson and ultimately purchase a new automobile. This car is effectively the same as thousands of other cars. It is a copy. You were not under the impression that you were buying the rights to the design of the car or to reproduce the car to the exact specifications as your own copy. However, you believe that you can do with this car what you will. You can put bigger wheels on it, put stickers on it, modify the engine, or paint it a new shade of green. You can sell the car. You can give it away. You have consumer freedom, based on a court-created and legislature-supported doctrine known as “first sale." READ MORE, download the article.
Donald F. Jankowski II,
The End of Ownership?,
17 Marq. Intellectual Property L. Rev. 103
Available at: http://scholarship.law.marquette.edu/iplr/vol17/iss1/3