[A2k] Fwd: Libraries: a trio of European court rulings

Teresa Hackett teresa.hackett at eifl.net
Mon Jan 15 04:48:39 PST 2018

Three rulings in recent years of Europe’s top court impact significantly on
digital library activities in Europe

In recent years, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU),
Europe’s highest court, has made three important rulings concerning digital
library activities in Europe.

The first of the three CJEU rulings took place in 2014, and originated in
Germany in a case known as ‘TU Darmstadt’ (Case C-117/13). The ruling in TU
Darmstadt is seen as a significant boost for European libraries to digitize
works in their collections and to make them available in library reading

In November 2016, in cases that began in the Netherlands and France, two
equally important issues were adjudicated by the Court: the lending of
e-books by libraries, and author consent for the digital exploitation of
their works.

In this guest blog for EIFL, *Vincent Bonnet*, Director, European Bureau of
Library, Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA) and *Barbara
Stratton*, Chair, EBLIDA Expert Group on Information Law, discuss the two
most recent cases, and examine what they mean for libraries in Europe and

Read more: http://www.eifl.net/blogs/libraries-trio-european-court-rulings


Teresa Hackett
Copyright and Libraries Programme Manager
EIFL - Electronic Information for Libraries - www.eifl.net

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