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[2]: Two outcomes...
by WereCatf on Wed 4th Jul 2012 02:20 UTC in reply to "RE: Two outcomes..."
WereCatf
Member since:
2006-02-15

The ruling is useless without enforcement. You can’t resell DLC from console stores for example, because it's all DRMed and tied to your account. All the console vendors are breaking this law, they know it


You are confusing things. This ruling clearly states that it is all about EULAs: you cannot deny people the ability to sell the software after you're done with it simply by slapping such a clause in the EULA, it does absolutely not say that the software must be possible to be transferred to someone else. In other words if the DRM makes it impossible to sell the thing then you're still sh*t out of luck and there is nothing illegal with that, there is nothing to enforce!

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RE[3]: Two outcomes...
by Carewolf on Wed 4th Jul 2012 12:33 in reply to "RE[2]: Two outcomes..."
Carewolf Member since:
2005-09-08

It doesn't have to be possible, but it does make it illegal to prevent it. So if you can prove a technical hindrance was made for the explicit purpose of breaking the law, well then that is illegal.

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