Send News. Want a reply? Read this. More in the FAQ.   News Forum - All Forums - Mobile - PDA - RSS Headlines  RSS Headlines   Twitter  Twitter
User Settings
LAN Parties
Upcoming one-time events:
Tampa, FL 10/09
Greenbelt, MD 11/06

Regularly scheduled events

Op Ed

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Thought- Do We Own Our Steam Games?
Once again drives home a crucial thing to understand. You do not own your games. Whether bought through Steam, Origin, or any other digital download service that requires a live account to play them, you are at best renting those games, with no guarantee that you’ll be able to continue to do so. And those bans can be issued without a stated or proven reason – it’s in the agreements you click “Agree” to when you sign up an account, or buy a new game.

But is that legal? I asked gamer lawyer Jas Purewal about this a short while back, not specifically about Valve, and he explained that the matter is still unresolved. “In fact,” he says, “it’s never been completely resolved for software generally – at best, we have some guidance to follow.” But he explains that the commonly taken position is that when we buy a boxed game, we own the DVD, but only have a license for the software on it. “A ‘licence’,” Purewal explains, “is essentially a limited personal right to use the software on certain terms and conditions – it doesn’t give you the right to e.g. sell/transfer/copy/reproduce the software.”

Email Digg Facebook Twitter   Share More    


   Current Headlines
Fallout 4 Specs
Armored Warfare Open Beta
Gary Grigsby's War in the West: Operation Torch Released
Street Fighter V Intros Laura
Tales From the Borderlands Concludes This Month; First Chapter F2P
Evening Patches
On Sale
Op Ed
Gatherings & Competitions
Evening Consolidation
Evening Mobilization
Evening Metaverse
Evening Safety Dance
Evening Legal Briefs
etc., etc.
Into the Black
Star Wars Battlefront Open Beta Begins
Dungeons 2: A Game of Winter Next Week
Bethesda's BattleCry "Concerns"
Voice Actors Authorize Strike



Blue's News logo