22.6.2015   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

C 205/21


Request for a preliminary ruling from the Rīgas apgabaltiesas Krimināllietu tiesu kolēģija (Latvia) lodged on 13 April 2015 — Criminal proceedings against Aleksandrs Ranks and Jurijs Vasiļevičs

(Case C-166/15)

(2015/C 205/29)

Language of the case: Latvian

Referring court

Rīgas apgabaltiesas Krimināllietu tiesu kolēģija

Party to the main proceedings

Criminal proceedings against: Aleksandrs Ranks, Jurijs Vasiļevičs

Other parties in the case: Finanšu un ekonomisko noziegumu izmeklēšanas prokuratūra, Microsoft Corporation

Questions referred

1.

Under Articles 5(1) and 4(2) of Directive 2009/24 (1) of the European Parliament and of the Council, may a person who has acquired a computer program with a ‘used’ licence on a non-original disk, which works and is not used by any other user, rely upon the exhaustion of the right to distribute a copy of that computer program, the first purchaser of which acquired it from the rightholder with the original disk, which however has been damaged, when the first purchaser has erased his copy and no longer uses it?

2.

If the answer to the first question is in the affirmative, then, does a person who may rely upon the exhaustion of the right to distribute a copy of the computer program have the right to resell that computer program on a non-original disk to a third person, in accordance with Articles 4(2) and 5(2) of Directive 2009/24?


(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) (Text with EEA relevance) (OJ 2009 L 111, p. 16).