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[3]: Great
by kwan_e on Wed 4th Jul 2012 04:40 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Great"
kwan_e
Member since:
2007-02-18

"Isn't this about reselling the *license*?

Yes. I recall that, during the Psystar case, Apple fans insisted that "one doesn't actually buy software -- one buys a license."
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One doesn't actually buy software - one rents software at full retail price.

Edited 2012-07-04 04:42 UTC

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RE[4]: Great
by WereCatf on Wed 4th Jul 2012 04:48 in reply to "RE[3]: Great"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

One doesn't actually buy software - one rents software at full retail price.


Here in Finland -- I don't know about other European countries -- the law states that if you sell it as a shelf product then it is shelf product, ie. if it quacks like a duck it is a duck. If you only want to sell a license then you need to draw an actual contract for that.

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RE[5]: Great
by kwan_e on Wed 4th Jul 2012 09:11 in reply to "RE[4]: Great"
kwan_e Member since:
2007-02-18

That may be true for now, but there's plenty of time for Finland to see the light. In this case, the light is green and it comes from an eye on top of a pyramid...

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RE[4]: Great
by tupp on Wed 4th Jul 2012 05:15 in reply to "RE[3]: Great"
tupp Member since:
2006-11-12

One doesn't actually buy software - one rents software at full retail price.

Oh, yeah. That too. I had forgotten that gem.

Thanks!

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