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The MSBA's Computer & Technology Law Section Presents:


"Digital First Sale: Can You Sell or Give Away Your Downloaded Music, Books, and Movies? (Should you be able to?)"

Over the past decade, millions of consumers have purchased billions of dollars’ worth of downloaded music, music, and e-books. For CDs, DVDs, and paper books, those consumers can sell those works on eBay — or give them away — under the First Sale Doctrine. But for downloaded goods, consumers’ legal ability to sell (or otherwise alienate) those copyrighted works is murkier. Do purchasers buy those copyrighted works, or do they merely license them? If the latter, then can the consumer lend the works? Can they transfer their license to another? Damien Riehl will detail the various legal arguments surrounding digital first sale, as well as current cases that will shape whether consumers’ digital works are “bought,” or merely “rented.”


Damien Riehl, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L. L. P.
Damien Riehl is an attorney at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he practices in the areas of intellectual-property litigation and business litigation. Early in his career, Damien clerked for Chief Judge Edward Toussaint of the Minnesota Court of Appeals, as well as Chief Judge Michael J. Davis of the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. Damien began programming at age 12, has developed websites since 1995, and speaks and writes frequently on technology law issues. His clients range from individuals to Fortune 50 companies. His cases often involve disputes over technology, and his practice is focused on matters related to copyright, software licensing, trade secrets, and trademark infringement. In addition to litigation, Damien also counsels and negotiates matters including intellectual property and other business disputes.

1 hour of Standard CLE credit applied for
Event Code: 177020



Date:   Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Time:   12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location:   MSBA Offices
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 380
Minneapolis, MN 55402

The Computer & Technology Law Section Council will meet at 11:30 a.m., follow by lunch and CLE at Noon.


Section Members:  Free

MSBA Members (But Not CTLS Section Members):  $15.00

Non-MSBA Members:  $25.00

Join the Section and attend the CLE for FREE ( Section membership is good through June 30, 2014! You must be a current MSBA member):$30.00

Law Students:  Free

Teleconferencing is available. Please indicate this option under the "Teleconferencing and Dietary" link when you register or contact Tram Nguyen by March 10. Teleconferencing information will be emailed on March 11.

Cancellation Policy:

Refunds will be processed for cancellation requests received in writing on or before noon on the registration deadline. Requests should be directed to the event contact person listed at the bottom of this notice. Cancellation requests received after this time are not eligible for refunds. You may send a colleague in your place if you are unable to join us and the registration deadline has passed.

Requests for an exception to this policy should be directed to Nicole Battles, Section Services Director, by e-mail or at (612) 278-6336.