Webinar - New rules for software vendors in the EU: The decision in UsedSoft v. Oracle opens the door to reselling software

02 October 2012

BakerHostetler and Bird & Bird present a joint webinar on the significant issues for Software Vendors arising from this European Court of Justice judgment in UsedSoft v. Oracle

October 2, 2012, 3:00 PM GMT and 10:00 AM EST

The recent UsedSoft software copyright decision in the European Court of Justice has significantly weakened standard software licenses and broadened the opportunities for the development of a market in second-hand software in Europe. This joint Baker & Hostetler and Bird & Bird webinar will explain the legal background to the ECJ’s decision, will examine the likely implications for U.S. software vendors that do business in Europe, and will review the extent to which the legal principles are comparable with those applied by the U.S. courts.

The Programme:

  • Exhaustion of the copyright distribution right - how the European ‘first sale’ doctrine was applied
  • How the ECJ has applied exhaustion to downloaded software
  • Use by purchasers as “lawful acquirers” trumps the copyright reproduction right
  • Possibilities for limiting the second-hand marketplace
  • Scope of permitted usage by second-hand software purchasers
  • How will U.S. courts react to the ECJ decision?
  • What strategies can U.S. companies follow to protect their markets?

The Speakers:

  • Graham Smith, Bird & Bird (London)
  • Roger Bickerstaff, Bird & Bird (London)
  • Peter Brown, Baker & Hostetler LLP (New York)

Please email usedsoftwebinar@twobirds.com to register your interest in this webinar. Registration instructions and a unique password will be emailed to you directly.