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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RE[4]: Great
by WorknMan on Wed 4th Jul 2012 02:14 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Great"
WorknMan
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Why would you bother with buying and reselling if you can just download the copy from torents for free and much faster? That wouldn't be any less legal.


Two reasons:

If selling used software licenses was legal, I wouldn't have to worry about the copyright police busting me on torrent sites, nor would I have to worry about if the copy is clean

Plus, I could sell copies to multiple people and possibly make some money, while still getting to use the software.

If the software has any kind of copy protection the same protection can be used to make sure you're not using your copy after you've sold the license.


Right, which is exactly my point. Right now, if I try and sell used software on Ebay (in the US), the auction would probably get removed quickly. But if it were legal, the only way to ensure that this sort of thing wouldn't happen is to put DRM/copy-protection into everything. Hell, even $10 shareware apps would have product activation.

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