IEFBE 3011

European Court: reselling e-books violates copyright law

Is there such a thing as a second-hand e-book? Put differently: may an e-book be resold after the first purchase? The Grand Chamber of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) answered this question in the negative. On 19 December 2019, the CJEU declared that the act of offering an e-book for resale is contrary to copyright law [IEF 18898].
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Auteurs: Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm & Caroline de Vries, Bureau Brandeis.