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EU to Allow Digital Software Resales?

This document (Adobe Acrobat format) outlines a legal ruing in the EU that seems to open the door for resale of digitally distributed software (thanks Joao). Here's a bit:

Where the copyright holder makes available to his customer a copy tangible or intangible and at the same time concludes, in return form payment of a fee, a licence agreement granting the customer the right to use that copy for an unlimited period, that rightholder sells the copy to the customer and thus exhausts his exclusive distribution right. Such a transaction involves a transfer of the right of ownership of the copy. Therefore, even if the licence agreement prohibits a further transfer, the rightholder can no longer oppose the resale of that copy.

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88. Re: EU to Allow Digital Software Resales? Jul 4, 2012, 02:33 Jerykk
 
A game costs 40$? Nahh, let's wait for a sale. Only 20$? Nahh, let's wait for 10$. Steam devalues games in the long run. And i dont know if thats what the majors really want.

The difference is that Steam sales don't happen as soon as a game is released. Steam sales are generally only offered on games that have been out for months and are well past their peak sales. Used sales devalue games immediately. When a game's first month profits determine whether or not a dev gets another contract or a game gets any patches or support, initial pricing is more important than late pricing.
 
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