Case C-301/15, Soulier and Doke – objecting to a French out-of-print-book scheme

If twentieth-century books are no longer in print but still protected by copyright, and French law creates a legal mechanism to ensure the digitisation of those works; then is not French law undermining the principle enshrined in the EU’s ‘InfoSoc’ Directive 2001/29 that it is the author who has the right to control ‘reproductions’ of his work? More

Case C-297/15, Ferring Lægemidler – artificially segmenting the market in laxatives?

Can multi-packs of trademarked medicine be repackaged in an exporting country where this is necessary to be able to sell single packs of those goods in an importing EU country? And if so, then what are the criteria for determining ‘necessity’ for the purposes of the EU’s trade mark Directive 2008/95/EC? More

Case C-367/15, Stowarzyszenie “Oławska Telewizja Kablowa – punitive damages and copyright infringers

Where national law entitles a copyright owner to compensation from a copyright infringer that is two or three times the cost of the licence which the infringer should have paid in the first place, is that national law compliant with the EU’s ‘enforcement’ Directive 2004/48/EC? More

Case C-316/15, Hemming – challenging the cost of a sex shop licence

Soho is an area of London. It is full of sex shops. Each sex shop is licensed by the local authority. A licence costs many thousands of pounds. The amount is comprised of two parts. Part one defrays the cost of administering the licence application. Part two covers the cost of managing the local authority’s licensing regime in general, including the costs of the local authority’s ‘enforcement’ activities. Does this charging-system comply with the EU’s ‘services’ Directive 2006/123? If not, then the pricing-mechanisms of many of the UK’s regulatory bodies, including those that govern lawyers, could become illegal too. More

Case C-275/15, ITV Broadcasting [No. 2] – access to cable of broadcasting services

ITV Broadcasting and other UK broadcasters claim that a company which allows people in the UK to watch via the internet, programmes which the broadcasters are showing on UK television results in the company infringing broadcaster copyright. The company denies doing anything wrong: what it is doing falls within the scope of a statutory defence in English law. The legal issue in this case turns on whether and to what extent the UK Parliament’s statutory defence still exists. More