News European Court Rules to Protect Secondhand Software Sales
posted on 2012-07-10 02:42 EDT
The European Union Court of Justice ruled last week that software producers can no longer prevent consumers from reselling licenses. The case between software producer Oracle and UsedSoft, a German company that made profit from buying and reselling software licenses from consumers, was decided in favor of UsedSoft. The court's judgement stated that a software author's license to distribute is exhausted after its initial distribution. The judgement will apply to both preexisting and future end-user license agreements.