What the article is saying this decision could in fact affect things like copyrights.
These issues fit into a broader fight over what some experts call the “right to tinker.” The thinking goes: If you buy something, you should be free to do whatever you want with it — sell it, modify it, even destroy it. But some companies, even car manufacturers, have sought to put limits on that freedom. They make arguments such as Lexmark's, where handling a product in a way that potentially undermines the company's business leads to an alleged violation of patent or copyright protections. In this view, the customer may think she owns the physical property outright, but she is still constrained by an invisible cage made of corporate intellectual property.
The Supreme Court disagreed with this view. To help make its case, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. used an analogy:
Take a shop that restores and sells used cars. The business works because the shop can rest assured that, so long as those bringing in the cars own them, the shop is free to repair and resell those vehicles. That smooth flow of commerce would sputter if companies that make the thousands of parts that go into a vehicle could keep their patent rights after the first sale.
Roberts went on to say that the used car shop could be sued by patent holders under such a system, and that even if the parts makers didn't follow through, the implied threat of lawsuits would be enough to force the shop to spend lots of money to safeguard against them.
What is possible now, we photographers and software companies such as Adobe, could have a problem defending our copyrights, based on this decision and how lawyers will try to twist this decision to make it applicable. What I also see in this decision is how the court is viewing it, using the simple argument, hey they bought it, they can do what they want with it. SCOTUS is saying it doesn't matter if big corp said you can only do as we say with the products you purchased from us. This decision opened up a big can of worms, and there's a lot of lawyers that love fishing with them.