teslar writes: The Court of justice of the European Union has ruled that An author of software cannot oppose the resale of his "used" licences allowing the use of his programs downloaded from the internet (PDF). This follows a legal battle between German company UsedSoft (which does just that) and Oracle. From the press release: "By its judgment delivered today, the Court explains that the principle of exhaustion of the distribution right applies not only where the copyright holder markets copies of his software on a material medium (CD-ROM or DVD) but also where he distributes them by means of downloads from his website" (the principle of exhaustion of the distribution right means that "A rightholder who has marketed a copy in the territory of a Member State of the EU loses the right to rely on his monopoly of exploitation in order to oppose the resale of that copy").
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