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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Yeah, but just because you can legally sell digital content doesn't mean that the providers of that content must provide the means to transfer that content to another party.
If I purchased Journey from PSN, there is no way for me to resell it/transfer it to anyone.
Looking at the ruling it looks like this has more to do with business software that you can get physical installation media or installation files for, and not downloaded video games and game content.
This lowers the power of EA. Excellent.
This is good for Europeans, but I live in America.
Well this is awesome.
Regardless of whether or not EA and the like can prevent you from selling the license, I dont see anything saying they have to provide a means for you to sell them. I guess some might consider this a win for the used game market but I doubt any of the publishers really care..
Well i think that is right and they should do that everywhere.
The more they try to fight against used game sales... well, this happens. :P
lets so how this turns out
this is good news hopefully we'll get the same
hmmm, like anything out of europe this is probably going to end bad
This is a triumph for consumer rights. Hopefully this mindset takes hold in Australia and the US, as the rest of the world will follow with the three largest game markets behind it.
How would you even be able to sell digital copies of games?
Well, good. I guess.
But I suspect EA could get around this quite easily. They already have the online pass thing going, what's to stop them from enabling a one time use code system as well.
This is very, very interesting.
I like this and agree!!!! Although it could be bad for gamestop.....
Damn, I have SO many games I wouldn't mind getting rid of on my hard drive, even if I could just give them to my friends.