The European Court of Justice (ECJ) issued a landmark decision on Dec. 19, 2019, that effectively restricts the resale of legally purchased e-books. The case involved the Dutch company Tom Kabinet and the Dutch Publishers Society (Nederlands Uitgeversverbond). Tom Kabinet offered second hand e-books for sale through a “Book Club.” The e-books were either purchased by Tom Kabinet or donated by members of the club. Members who donated e-books provided a download link together with a statement that the donor had not previously made a copy of the e-book.

Read the full GT Alert, which summarizes the ECJ’s decision.