The ‘TU Darmstadt’ copyright case neatly explained

(11 July 2016) Participants at a recent EIFL webinar were treated by a leading lawyer involved in the ‘TU Darmstadt’ case to a concise analysis of the key issues decided by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) concerning use of copyright protected works by a library.

Over 90 people from 29 countries registered for the EIFL webinar in June 2016 that was led by Dr Nils Rauer, a Partner at the Frankfurt office of the international law firm, Hogan Lovells.

Dr Rauer represented the defendant, Technische Universität Darmstadt (TU Darmstadt), a research university in the German city of Darmstadt, that succeeded in a legal challenge from publisher, Eugen Ulmer KG, concerning the digital use of a book in the library.

The case is regarded as a significant boost for European libraries to digitize works in their collections and to make them available in library reading rooms. Since EU law has an important influence beyond Europe, the decision is also important for libraries outside Europe.

For the story in full including a one hour recording and slides, visit EIFL.