EU court: Sale of used software licenses is legal

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EU court: Sale of used software licenses is legal

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Software companies have always said you don't actually, quite, like, exactly, own the licenses you buy from them. This decision says you do. At least in Europe.
The European Union's Court of Justice has reportedly crushed Oracle's hope of stopping a company from reselling its used software.

The Luxembourg-based court today ruled in favor of German company UsedSoft, which sells used software licenses. The court said that once a software company sells "a copy of a computer program," its "exclusive right of distribution" is eliminated, paving the way for other companies to sell the used licenses, according to The Wall Street Journal, which obtained a copy of the ruling. The rule applies to both physical media and copies of the software downloaded over the Web, according to the court.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-574657 ... just-fine/
Could be major news for users of share-and-share-alikeware.
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