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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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27. Re: EU to Allow Digital Software Resales? Jul 3, 2012, 15:21 Draugr
 
NKD wrote on Jul 3, 2012, 15:05:
eRe4s3r wrote on Jul 3, 2012, 14:59:
Hhh... I would be willing to sell 90% of my entire steam catalog even just for 5 per game, or even less

I can't even imagine Steam with resale functionality. I don't even know how they could operate unless they took a healthy cut of each sale. After the first week, no one would buy new because on Steam it would be identical to used, just more expensive, and with that big of a user base, there would always be "used" available.

Just because they are obligated to let you sell your used copy doesn't mean they need to facilitate that at all. Then again, if they don't someone else might do it for them using some gamestop style model.

I never buy used though, as it's nice to know at least SOME of that money is making it back to the people who actually made the game.
 
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