The lights are on
The Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled that publishers cannot prevent you from selling your licenses for digital content, effectively allowing the sale of used downloadable games.
There is nothing wrong with publishers including disclaimers in their license agreements saying that you can't sell your license, but it Europe, after this ruling, there is nothing that can legally be done to prevent users from doing so. According to the court, the exclusive right of a service like Steam or Origin to distribute a game covered by the license is, "exhausted on its first sale."
There is one catch. The ruling does require the seller of the license to render their own digital copy of the game, "unusable at the time of resale."
You can read the full press release for the ruling by downloading the PDF here.
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interesting... be interesting to see how they do this...
I dont think we are going to see someone sell castle crashers over Ebay for a while though.
Well that makes digital distribution a little more interesting.
In my opinion one of the main reason companies like EA are trying to go 100% digital is simply so they dont lose money off used game sales, and while this is completely logical and I have no problem with developers earning their fair share, I myself will only buy a hard copy as I love having something physical when I spend my money. This ruling is good (once again in my opinion) because it will limit some of the insentive for companies to not release hard copies.
This sounds like it's going to be working largely on an honor system...which probably won't go over well.
Yes, this is how things should work.
Wish I was living in Europe right now... that way I could get rid of ARMA II.
Well, their isn't a point in selling used digital games...
Sounds perfectly fair. If you sell it then you give up the rights. Just like selling your copy at Gamestop.
Now this is progress - games shouldn't be looked at as licenses, they should be a product which you own. Its absurd that companies think they're licensing their game out.
[The ruling does require the seller of the license to render their own digital copy of the game, "unusable at the time of resale."]
Have fun enforcing that. What a waste of time.
I imagine that can get awkward, but people have to be allowed to own what they paid for...
That is pretty amazing. I'm thinking about too many things about what this would mean if it comes to the US, as unlikely as that seems.