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GameStop Used Game Lawsuit

A lawsuit has been filed in the Northern District of California against GameStop, citing deceptive practices relating to used game sales. IGN has details on the suit, which stems from a customer buying a used copy of Dragon Age: Origins with the belief that additional DLC was available for free based on the cover blurb. Of course this DLC is part of the new trend intended to impede used-game sales, which the customer learned when they tried to get the DLC, which set them back an additional $15.00, making their final purchase price for the used game $10.00 more than the cost of a brand-new copy (that sound you hear is EA execs exchanging high-fives). IGN has a copy of the complaint in Adobe Acrobat-format, and an article on this on Gamasutra offers thoughts from an analyst saying that GameStop will probably be able to remedy this problem by affixing stickers to used games clarifying DLC availability.

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110. Re: GameStop Used Game Lawsuit Mar 28, 2010, 06:47 everyone
 
The thing I don't understand from the people whom advocate that buying and selling used video games is wrong, is why they don't seem to feel the same why about other products.
You can certainly make the same arguments for just about any product in existence.

The fundamental fact is that a copyright holder is legally able to produce as many or as few copies of their work as they wish and sell those copies under any terms they wish. But once a copy has been sold they relinquish all rights to said copy, unless otherwise agreed upon contractually. Copyright holders already have legal protections from people making additional copies of their work, that argument is a red herring when discussing used game sales.
 
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