The CJEU Allposters case: Beginning of the end of digital exhaustion

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In the highly anticipated decision, the CJEU tied the principle of copyright exhaustion to a physical medium, not allowing for the possibility of exhaustion for digital content falling under the Copyright Directive. Furthermore, the practical implications of the Allposters judgment go beyond the seemingly premature end of digital copyright exhaustion (at least for works regulated by the Copyright Directive) and might impede national attempts of copyright law modernization, leaving scarce room for national copyright limitations and exceptions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)389-394
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Intellectual Property Review
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Copyright
  • Digital exhaustion
  • Digital content
  • CJEU
  • Allposters


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