10 avril 2019 Conférence du Dr. Péter Mezei, Maître de conférences, sur le thème “The Challenges of Digital Second-Hand Marketplaces for European Copyright Law” dans le cycle "(Re)penser la propriété intellectuelle"


Dans le cadre du cycle de conférences « (Re)penser la propriété intellectuelle, questions fondamentales et nouveaux éclairages », le CEIPI a le plaisir d’accueillir, le mercredi 10 avril 2019 à 18h00 à Strasbourg, Bâtiment l’Escarpe, 11 rue du Maréchal Juin, Amphithéâtre 23, Dr. Péter Mezei, Maître de conférences à la faculté de droit et de sciences politiques de l'Université de Szeged, Hongrie.

Son intervention portera sur le thème “The Challenges of Digital Second-Hand Marketplaces for European Copyright Law”. Les débats seront animés par le Prof. Christophe Geiger, Directeur général du CEIPI.

Abstract: Problems associated with the doctrine of exhaustion have grown concurrently with the emergence of digital technologies, in particular with development of the internet. The question as to whether the doctrine of exhaustion is applicable to digital files has become pressing since shortly after protected subject-matter (especially software, audio and audiovisual content, e-books) has been predominantly (or at least significantly) sold online. This dilemma challenges the pre-existing set of economic rights, freedom to provide services, free movement of goods, as well as the traditional business models of the copyright industry. Courts have faced legal disputes more often following the Millennium, and undoubtedly disputes surrounding the idea of digital exhaustion are far from over. The paper summarizes the key elements of the UsedSoft and the ReDigi rulings, and it collects the pros and cons regarding possible introduction of a digital exhaustion doctrine. It will be argued that the traditional positivist approach is a dead end, whereas a constructive realistic approach can convincingly serve as the basis for application of the doctrine in the digital age.

Short CV: Péter Mezei is an Associate Professor of Law at the Institute of Comparative Law and Legal Theory, Faculty of Law and Political Sciences, University of Szeged. He teaches and writes in the areas of international, comparative and digital copyright law. He is an Adjunct Professor (dosentti) at the University of Turku (Finland), Lecturer in Law at the University of Toledo College of Law (USA), and Visiting Professor of the Université Jean Moulin Lyon III (France) and of the Bocconi University (Italy). He has given presentations on copyright law around the world, including in Austria, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Indonesia, Russia, Spain, the Sudan, the United States and the United Kingdom.

Links to relevant papers

Copyright Exhaustion by Péter Mezei (Cambridge University Press, 2018)

Meet the Unavoidable – The Challenges of Digital Second-Hand Marketplaces to the Doctrine of Exhaustion

Cette conférence sera aussi l'occasion de présenter les conclusions de son récent ouvrage intitulé  "Copyright Exhaustion - Law and Policy in the United States and the European Union" publié chez "Cambridge University press".