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 Alfman on Wed 4th Jul 2012 02:52 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Great"
Alfman
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WorknMan,

"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"

I'm having trouble making sense of that. Your selling the software doesn't duplicate the license. You are required to hand over both the media and the license/keys/serial number/etc. If you keep anything after you've sold it, then your in violation of copyright. There's no loophole.

In any copyright case there must be an investigation as to who has legal possession of a license. Assuming the software was resold with proper sales documentation, then I don't really see the problem myself, the last recipient would have the documentation, receipt and transactions to prove possession.

Maybe your point is that tracking a software license is next to impossible if it doesn't include a serial number. True, but the problem still exists without involving any resale.

Maybe your point is that license ownership be falsified such that more than one person appears to be in possession of the serial number. True, but again the problem still exists without involving any resale.


Can you illustrate a specific example where the resale of software causes a copyright problem that's not otherwise a problem without resale?

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