EULISP has said farewell to its XXV. cohort this year and we would like to offer our sincere congratulations. It is a special cohort in many ways. On the one hand, the graduates had to come to terms with the impact of the Corona pandemic on teaching and the semester abroad, which was certainly not easy, since the EULISP lives to a significant extent from its partnerships in other European countries and the personal exchange between students.
On the other hand, the graduates also witnessed far-reaching digitalization processes in commerce, the home office and also teaching, which had been somewhat dormant for a long time. Many things that previously seemed unthinkable are now daily routine, and at the same time, countless legal issues have arisen from these developments, which are excellently accommodated within the framework of the EULISP and directly demonstrate the topicality of the program. Almost prophetically, the initiators of the EULISP decided at that time to include the word "European" in its name, thus emphasizing the importance of the European integration process for legal informatics.
On January 27th, 2021, the inaugural Zoom lecture of our alumnus Dr. Ioannis Revolidis dealt legally with the question of "digital property" using the example of the ECJ decision, case C-268/18 - Tom Kabinet. The judgment concerned the question if the resale of “used” e-books infringes copyright law or can be justified due to the so-called exhaustion principle. Unlike in his judgment in case C-128/11 - UsedSoft the ECJ ruled that the resale of e-books does not fall under the exemption of the exhaustion principle. Furthermore, from the point of view of the ECJ, used e-books are not software either, and Tom Kabinet does not refer to the exhaustion principle in the software directive. Ioannis lecture and the related discussion, dealt with the legal and social implications of the ECJ's judgement, which also affects our fundamentals rights, e.g. the entitlement to free access to information on which our social order is based. Many thanks to Ioannis for his own and enriching lecture!
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