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"
WereCatf
Member since:
2006-02-15

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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RE[6]: Great
by Alfman on Wed 4th Jul 2012 03:01 in reply to "RE[5]: Great"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

WereCatf,


I really don't understand the loophole he's trying to describe either... it seems to be a pretty clear cut case of copyright violation to me. It's strange to suggest that transferring software would somehow bust copyrights.

I do disagree with one of your earlier posts though. I think it is wrong (though not necessarily illegal) for publishers to deny fair use rights using DRM. What's the point in having rights if we're not able to practice them?

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RE[7]: Great
by WereCatf on Wed 4th Jul 2012 03:12 in reply to "RE[6]: Great"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

I think it is wrong (though not necessarily illegal) for publishers to deny fair use rights using DRM.


I never said anything about rightness or wrongness of that so I do not see what you're disagreeing with me about. I only said that it is not illegal or in violation of this ruling for software to employ DRM and therefore be unable to be resold, and that is a fact, nothing you can disagree with.

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