Copyright owners beware! Supreme Court judgment defines author’s distribution rights anew

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In light of a European Court of Justice ruling, the Supreme Court recently overturned its earlier interpretation of an author´s exclusive distribution right in relation to his or her work of art.

The court found that any kind of distribution – regardless of whether it is a transfer of ownership – falls under the author´s exclusive distribution right. Further, it held that this distribution right is violated only if ownership in the work is actually transferred. 

Claudia Csáky, ILO Newsletter, September 19, 2016


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