Court bans site by selling e-books




The court of Amsterdam, the site of Tom Cabinet that users of e-books could sell prohibited. Legally used e-books may be sold, according to the court, but was likely that users through the site also acted illegally obtained e-books.

Running a website where users upload e-books and selling is allowed, vonniste the Amsterdam Court, but only if it is guaranteed to legitimate e-books. Tom Cabinet could not prove that he could prevent the marketing of illegal e-books on his site and the court found it likely that illegal electronic books were sold through the site. The site for used e-books should therefore from the air.

Measures Tom Cabinet introduced against trafficking, the court found insufficient. Sellers must certify that they have deleted e-books from their own systems and buyers get versions of those books with a new watermark. The site can thus determine whether books are traded several times or illegally end up on the internet.

Like the court also found the court is uncertain whether case law of the Court of Justice of the European was applicable, all took the court last year that allowed by Cabinet with its activities. In the case of 2012, the European Court held that it is permissible to sell software licenses, despite being prohibited by the copyright holder. Through a standard procedure and ask questions to the European Court must be clear whether the ruling also applies to e-books and other digital files.

With the court ruling, the Dutch Publishers Association in the right and denies the claim ‘limited’ them. Cabinet has three days to take down his site. Last summer, Tom Cabinet known to let it come to a lawsuit.


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