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Steam EU Legal Conflict

German consumer organization Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband outlines objections to changes to the Steam end-user license agreement, complaining that declining the agreement causes users to lose access to previously purchased games, and also runs afoul of a recent legal ruling in the EU that requires the ability to resell games purchased through digital distribution. According to a translation of this article this requires Valve to issue a "required declaration of failure" by next week, which Blend Games describes a response to a cease and desist order.

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14. Re: More Big Picture Details Sep 21, 2012, 12:31 LittleMe
HorrorScope wrote on Sep 21, 2012, 10:47:
Interesting that our EU friends have to now carry the banner of freedom for us Americans. We all know changing the terms after the fact IS A NO NO. Good for them, hope they win and reverse this recent trend of BS.

Is it a Right or Freedom?

  • A Right is a common privilege given to all citizens for example the right to vote, the right to property, the right to worship, the right to information, etc.

  • Freedom is when you have no constraints to conduction your actions freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom to rebel, freedom to complain, etc.

  • Seems to be more of a right and not a freedom issue. In this case, the right to resell DD games. We have the 'freedom' to buy or not buy from STEAM though. So we are still free here on that count. The game developer has the 'freedom' to implement steamworks in their game, or not. Now, the consumer may or may not have the 'right' to access their STEAM games if they decline the agreement once.

    'Freedom' doesn't mean you have a mandatory alternative to STEAM though. Freedom doesn't guarantee much. That's what rights are for.

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