Der Erschöpfungsgrundsatz – Josef Kohler, UsedSoft, and Beyond - 10.1628/186723716X14652041936198 - Mohr Siebeck

Katharina de la Durantaye, Linda Kuschel

Der Erschöpfungsgrundsatz – Josef Kohler, UsedSoft, and Beyond

Volume 8 () / Issue 2, pp. 195-217 (23)

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In UsedSoft, the ECJ famously decided that someone who had bought software online could »resell« that software. There is an ongoing debate as to whether the ECJ created a »digital exhaustion doctrine« which would apply to the resale of digital goods in general. This article examines the reasoning for and against such a doctrine, and categorizes the various arguments that were brought forward over the past few years (II.). Moreover, the article explores whether and how the thoughts of Josef Kohler, the founder of the principle of exhaustion as applied in contemporary German copyright law, may enhance today's discussion. To this end, Kohler's ideas and motives are presented within their historical context (III.). The article shows that the exhaustion doctrine is a mechanism for reconciling opposing interests (IV.). Today's prevailing theories regarding the exhaustion of copyrighted works – which focus on the concept of property, the author's remuneration and market protection respectively – each emphasize one aspect of exhaustion but fall short of covering the whole picture.

Katharina de la Durantaye Geboren 1975; Studium der Rechtswissenschaften in Düsseldorf und Berlin; 2003 Promotion an der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin; 2005 LL.M. an der Yale Law School; 2005–10 (Gast-)Professuren an der Boston University School of Law, der Columbia Law School und der St. John's University School of Law; 2010–18 Juniorprofessur an der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin; seit 2018 Inhaberin des Lehrstuhls für Bürgerliches Recht und Privates Medienrecht an der Europa-Universität Viadrina.

Linda Kuschel Geboren 1986; Studium der Rechtswissenschaften an der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg; Referendariat am Kammergericht Berlin; LL.M.-Studium an der Harvard Law School; 2018 Promotion (HU Berlin); seit 2014 Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin an der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.