The European Court of Justice has published its ruling in a case involving the resale of secondhand e-books.
- Two Dutch book publisher associations first filed a claim against an e-book reseller in 2014. The associations claimed that the offering of secondhand e-books was an unauthorized communication of those books to the public, as determined by the Copyright Directive.
- The reseller argued that its activities were covered by the distribution right, which was subject to a rule of exhaustion if the e-book was sold in the European Union by the rights holder or with their consent.
Features and Benefits
- Details the case referred by a court in The Hague to the European Court of Justice.
- Explains why the court ruled in favor of the Dutch book publisher associations.
Key questions answered
- What questions were referred to the European Court of Justice by the court in the Hague?
- Why did the European court rule in favor of the publishers?
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