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[5]: Great
by WereCatf on Wed 4th Jul 2012 02:33 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Great"
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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.

Wow, you're either really hard trying to twist this ruling, you're out to spread FUD or you're just etremely bad at understanding things!

Being allowed to sell the software you bought has nothing to do with copyright laws: if you're in breach of copyright law then you're STILL IN BREACH OF THE COPYRIGHT LAW. You do not gain ownership of the copyrights to the software or its assets! Also, this ruling means you are allowed to sell the software as in transferring the ownership of the specific copy you yourself bought to someone else: it does not mean you can just start selling copies of it. You are criminally liable for damages and fraud if you do that or keep on using the software after you've sold it away.

There has been a similar ruling here in Finland already about 10 years ago, so yes, I do actually know what I am talking about and you clearly do not. I really, really suggest you go brush up on your understanding of copyright and marketing laws.

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