Centre Panthéon

12 Place du Panthéon
75005 Paris

Seminar series
QMUL - CCLS event

Queen Mary University of London’s Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) and the Sorbonne Law School request the pleasure of your company at our joint Opening Lecture for January 2020 on:

"Is there a second-hand market for digital content? Exhaustion in European copyright law"

The principle of "exhaustion of rights" (or "first sale") is an important one in intellectual property law. Under its shelter, second-hand markets in tangible goods, such as books, have flourished. The question of whether the principle of exhaustion applies also to works in digital form, such as e-books, is a topical and significant one in European copyright law. In this opening lecture, perspectives are offered on this question - including on the very recent Judgment of the CJEU in (C-263/18) Tom Kabinet.

Date: Thursday 26 March 2020
Time: 18h30 (registrations from 18h)
Location: Room 6, Centre Panthéon, 12 Place du Panthéon

The event will be followed by a networking reception.


Célia Zolynski, Professor of Private Law, University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Chair)

Célia Zolynski is Professor of Private Law at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, co-director of the IT and IP Department of the Research center IRJS (DReDIS) and Associate Dean for External relations of the Sorbonne Law School. Former member of the French Digital Council (CNNum), she is also a member of the National Consultative Commission on Human rights (CNCDH), the Prospective committee of the CNIL, the CSPLA (Council for Literacy and Artistic Property) and the CERNA (Commission for ethics in research for Universities and High Schools led by CNRS).

Specialised in European digital law (e-commerce, fundamental freedoms, personal and non-personal data) and intellectual property, she is the author of various publications on these topics and leads, as an academic, several national and European projects about privacy protection and regulation of algorithmic systems promoting multidisciplinary research.

Jonathan Griffiths, Professor of Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary University of London

Jonathan Griffiths is Professor of Intellectual Property Law at Queen Mary University of London. He has degrees in English Literature and History and qualified as a solicitor before taking up positions at Nottingham Law School and Queen Mary.

His main research interests are in copyright and in the relationship between intellectual property law and fundamental rights and he has written widely in both of these areas. Recent work includes ‘Taking power tools to the acquis - The Court of Justice, the Charter of Fundamental Rights and EU copyright law’, forthcoming in C Geiger (ed) Intellectual Property & the Judiciary (Edward Elgar, to be published 2017), ‘The tobacco industry’s challenge to the United Kingdom’s standardised packaging legislation – global lessons for tobacco control policy’, forthcoming in a special number of the Queensland University of Technology Law Review (to be published, 2017), ‘Fair dealing after Deckmyn – the United Kingdom’s defence for caricature, parody & pastiche’ in M Richardson & S Ricketson, Research Handbook on Intellectual Property in Media and Entertainment (Edward Elgar, 2017) 64 and 'On the Back of a Cigarette Packet: Standardised Packaging Legislation and the Tobacco Industry’s Fundamental Right to (Intellectual) Property' [2015] Intellectual Property Quarterly 343. He co-edited 'Concepts of Property in Intellectual Property', (CUP, 2013) (with HR Howe).

He is the editor of the “United Kingdom” chapter of the leading international treatise on "International Copyright Law & Practice" (ed Bently) and is a member of the editorial/advisory boards of the Journal of Media Law, the Media & Arts Law Review and the Nottingham Law Journal. Recently, he has recently given visiting lectures at the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Sheffield and Strasbourg (CEIPI) and at City University London and at Meiji and Waseda Universities in Tokyo.

He is interested in copyright policy and reform and has been consulted on copyright policy by a number of public bodies including the UK IPO, SABIP, the European Commission, the Dutch Ministry of Justice and the Japanese Cabinet Secretariat. He is a member of the European Copyright Society, a group of scholars founded with the aim of creating a platform for critical and independent scholarly thinking on European copyright law. The Society has published several widely-read policy proposals. See, for example, the Opinions on the Deckmyn judgment and on the reference to the CJEU in Svensson.

Guillaume Henry, Avocat, Szleper Henry Avocats

Guillaume Henry is a member of the Paris Bar, holds a doctorate in law and is a specialist in intellectual property law. He has over twenty years of experience in the intellectual property field. His practice is dedicated to intellectual property and new technologies, and he both handles litigation matters and provides advisory services. He is known for his tenacious spirit in litigation matters.

He is a lecturer in industrial property at Université Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne) and at the CEIPI (International Centre for Intellectual Property Studies) at the University of Strasbourg. He is also a member of various professional associations: AIPPI, AAPI (French Intellectual Property Lawyers’ Association), AFPP (French Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property), APEB (Association of European Patent Practitioners) and Club ADEME of the French Environment & Energy Maintenance Agency.

Guillaume Henry was Chair of the AIPPI’s Standing Committee 198 on “Industrial Property and Green Technology”.

Event contact

Anna Gray

Phone: +33 (0)1 44 11 73 97
E-mail: anna.gray@qmul.ac.uk