posted on Jul, 4 2012 @ 09:16 AM
''from the good-for-them dept
You may remember that a couple years ago, an appeals court in the US ruled that, when dealing with software, as long as the provider calls what it
sells "a license" rather than a "sale" it can take away your first sale rights. As you hopefully know, first sale rights are what let you resell goods
that have copyright-covered material in them -- such as books -- without asking for permission from the copyright holder. However, for reasons that
still don't make any sense, the 9th Circuit seems to think that as long as something is purely digital, first sale no longer applies.'
by Mike Masnick
Tue, Jul 3rd 2012 12:44pm.'
righty-ho, here i go.
i came across this article whilst perusing various media sites. if you read the link, it will elaborate further on the EU (caps yuk!) ruling regarding
the re-sale of software and what i would consider a slap in the face for all software companies intent on sustained profit margin by what i understand
as rendering products obsolete once a primary sale has occured and restricting it's use to other users.
what are the future implications i ask?
consider the lastest batches of new cars furnished with operating systems/integrated software for example.
will these vehicles be a viable purchase once the initial customer has upgraded to a newer model?
will the new owner(s) be lumbered with extra frontloaded costs to operate the electronics suite or will the above ruling allow the new owner to
receive updates without the system shutting them out?
it will be interesting to watch this develop, especially between the EU ruling and the USA 9th Circuit. will products purchased from the USA and used
in Europe be under the same umbrella?
best wishes fakedirt.
edit on 4-7-2012 by fakedirt because: one i