Court Decision Could Prevent Sale Of Used Games

by Matt Helgeson on Sep 13, 2010 at 06:30 AM

The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has upheld a previous decision that allows companies to prevent consumers from reselling software. The case revolved around the program AutoCAD, which defendant Timothy Verner bought at an architect's office sale. Verner then sold the software on eBay. Autodesk, which makes AutoCAD, claimed that this sale violated the End User License Agreement – which Autodesk said was non-transferable.

This ruling could potentially affect sales of used games, which are subject to similar End User License Agreements, as well as library lending and/or rental of software and games.

For more, check out Gamasutra's story on the case.