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Centre for Commercial Law Studies

PARIS EVENT: Exhaustion of Rights in Digital Objects

1 March 2016

Time: 5:30pm
Venue: ULIP, 9-11 rue de Constantine, Paris 7e

Copyright law provides for purchasers of copyrighted works to dispose of their lawfully purchased copies by resale or other transfer.  Consequently, secondary markets are common for used copies of books and other tangible goods.  But it is unclear what it might mean to "resell" an intangible digital copy, and businesses hoping to deal in used digital goods have encountered legal obstacles.  In this lecture, Professor Burk will discuss the recent developments in the United States and in the European Union which will determine whether there can be a market for used digital products.


Professor Dan L. Burk is Chancellor’s Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine, where he was a founding member of the faculty. Professor Burk teaches and writes on Patent Law, Copyright, Electronic Commerce, and related topics. An internationally prominent authority on issues related to high technology, he is perhaps best known for his work in the area of "cyberlaw," where he has been a leading figure in the debates surrounding Internet jurisdiction, trespass to computers, and the deployment of digital rights management systems. He holds degrees from Brigham Young University (Microbiology), Northwestern University (Molecular Biology and Biochemistry), Arizona State University (Law), and Stanford University (Law).

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