CJEU: request for a preliminary ruling on the French out-of-commerce legislation

The French Council of State (Conseil d’Etat) has asked the Court of Justice of the European Union to give a preliminary ruling on a case related to collective management and the right to authorise the reproduction and the representation in digital form of out-of-print books.

The following question has been referred to the Court: “Do the provisions… of Directive 2001/29/EC of 22 May 2001, preclude legislation… that gives approved collecting societies the right to authorise the reproduction and the representation in digital form of ‘out-of-print books’, while allowing the authors of those books, or their successors in title, to oppose or put an end to that practice, on the conditions that it lays down?”

EU Member States have until 2 October 2015 to make a submission to the Court. Further information will soon be available on the Court’s webpage dedicated to the case (Case C-301/15, Soulier and Doke).