Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 3rd Jul 2012 19:15 UTC, submitted by tupp
Legal In the Used Soft GmbH v. Oracle International Corp. case, the Court of Justice of the EU ruled today that it is okay to resell software, regardless of clauses in the software license. This is a pretty big deal, and further affirms that a software license is not necessarily binding. Great news for European consumers.
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by WorknMan on Tue 3rd Jul 2012 21:22 UTC
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The question is, are digital goods the same as physical? Well, let's see:

- Some people say they are when they start talking about the right to sell them, the right to modify them, etc.

- But then they claim they're not when it comes to stealing - eg: pirating an album is not the same as walking into a store and stealing it.

So, which is it? Either they are the same, or they're not. My stance is that they're not the same, hence the concept of selling used digital goods (or selling new for that matter) seems rather dumb, especially since the stuff is infinitely copyable anyway.

So what does all this mean? More than likely, it means universal product activation everywhere, except where stuff is already free. In other words, you're better off trying to find technological ways to keep people from pirating/selling your shit, rather than legal ways. Think it can't be done technologically? Have they cracked Diablo 3 yet? You keep some (or all) of the program/game bits on the server, and that makes it kind of hard to work around.

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