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CJEU clarifies copyright rules on exhaustion of distribution

Emma Barraclough, London

In an important copyright decision issued today, the Court of Justice of the EU has said that the rule of exhaustion of a distribution right does not apply if a party alters the work in such a way that it constitutes a new reproduction of it

The decision relates to a dispute between Pictoright, a Dutch copyright collecting society that exploits its members’ artistic works, primarily by licensing them, and poster company Allposters. Allposters’ offerings include images on canvas, produced by laminating paper posters and transferring...

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