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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thank you europe....now for america to follow suite
This is exactly the kind of thing that makes gamers happy. I hope this is implemented in the US shortly.
It's only fair, after all. But very good to see the consumers rights being properly respected, hopefully the rest of the world will have to follow suit at some point.
This is pretty awesome.
Excellent, this is great news. Now the same ruling needs to spread to North America.
wee :D then I can sell some of my games on steam :)
Now I just wonder if there will be a court case actually forcing online distributors to facilitate transfers of said licenses or if it will be a moot point...
I had no idea this was going through over here, but it's good news!
Never gonna pull this one off
haha and all these big publishers wanted to go digital to prevent used sales and they just got s#!* on lol.
I think we may see Online Passes for Digital Games coming soon.
I wonder how this works. I assume this doesn't force Valve to put in a "sell" button into steam. Just like this will not force Sony or MS to do so in their online platforms.
And since it would be foolish of them to put a sell option in, nothing really changes. If you want to copy someone's downloaded game, you will have to muck around on your own, just like you would have to do now. The only difference is that is legal now, which no-one cared about anyway.
With the rampant mistreatment of IP and gamers themselves, this is a good thing. Publishers have become way too controlling with nickel and dime DLC, online passes, online only play, ect. The industry needs to start thinking a little more ethically in how it deals with used and pirated games.
That's weird, how could I sell Braid when I'm done?
I'm not sure how I feel about this. It seems like there would be an easy way to exploit this. Plus it makes me feel like we're ever closer to a digital-only state, and I like my discs.