The American Library Association (ALA), the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), Consumer Federation of America, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Public Knowledge, and the U.S. PIRG have joined together by filing an Amicus Curiae brief  in support of Thomas S. Vernor in the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals case Vernor v. Autotech.

At issue here is the “first sale” doctrine in relation to the Copyright Act — a principle that is much relied upon in libraries — and whether it pertains to software products which have contractual license agreements. A ruling in favor of Autotech might result in similar actions by other copyright owners of media.

For more, read Kara Malenfant’s February 16, 2010 post “ACRL, ALA, ARL Support Online Software Reseller Against Infringement Allegations” in ACRL insider