2.7.2011   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

C 194/8


Reference for a preliminary ruling from the Bundesgerichtshof (Germany) lodged on 14 March 2011 — UsedSoft GmbH v Oracle International Corp.

(Case C-128/11)

2011/C 194/11

Language of the case: German

Referring court

Bundesgerichtshof

Parties to the main proceedings

Applicant: UsedSoft GmbH

Defendant: Oracle International Corp.

Questions referred

1.

Is the person who can rely on exhaustion of the right to distribute a copy of a computer program a ‘lawful acquirer’ within the meaning of Article 5(1) of Directive 2009/24/EC? (1)

2.

If the reply to the first question is in the affirmative: is the right to distribute a copy of a computer program exhausted in accordance with the first half-sentence of Article 4(2) of Directive 2009/24/EC when the acquirer has made the copy with the rightholder’s consent by downloading the program from the internet onto a data carrier?

3.

If the reply to the second question is also in the affirmative: can a person who has acquired a ‘used’ software licence for generating a program copy as ‘lawful acquirer’ under Article 5(1) and the first half-sentence of Article 4(2) of Directive 2009/24 also rely on exhaustion of the right to distribute the copy of the computer program made by the first acquirer with the rightholder’s consent by downloading the program from the internet onto a data carrier if the first acquirer has erased his program copy or no longer uses it?


(1)  Directive 2009/24/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2009 on the legal protection of computer programs (Codified version) (OJ 2009 L 111, p. 16).