ECJ rules on Dutch libraries e-book case

ECJ rules on Dutch libraries e-book case

A preliminary ruling at the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has said authors should be compensated for the lending of their electronic books by European Union (EU) public libraries in the same way as traditional books – with one royalty per purchase, not every time an e-book is lent to a reader.

This follows a Netherlands case brought by the Vereniging Openbare Bibliotheken (VOB) association representing Dutch libraries against the Stichting Leenrecht, a foundation that collects remuneration due to authors. The Rechtbank Den Haag (District Court, The Hague) referred questions on the interp...

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