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Tuesday, January 14, 2003

In a December 12 article for Electronic Book Web, Aline Soules argues that the first-sale doctrine should be extended to electronic publications. "For years, we have taken for granted the idea that if we like what we buy to read, we can loan or forward it to a friend, and if we decide we no longer want that particular copy, we can give it away or sell it. It has become a fundamental part of how we share information, and, no matter how difficult or how polarized the views, we should find a way to translate that into the digital age."