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 LB06 on Wed 4th Jul 2012 09:11 UTC in reply to "RE: Two outcomes..."
LB06
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You've got it wrong (unfortunately, I must add). From the ruling:

Moreover, a copyright holder such as Oracle is entitled, in the event of the resale of a user licence entailing the resale of a copy of a computer program downloaded from his website, to ensure by all technical means at his disposal that the copy is made unusable.


In other words: the user of the software is entitled to sell the software without fear of violating the EULA (law trumps EULA), but the vendor on his turn is in his right to do everything possible to make this as difficult as possible, by technical means. This has NOT changed. What HAS changed is that vendors are no longer able to take the legal course and sue those that resell.

This ruling is analogue to the law (at least in Europe) that permits the reverse engineering of software. One can do everything they want to reverse engineer a piece of software for the sake of compatibility, but the vendor does not have to facilitate this by any means whatsoever.

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