The U.S. Appeals Court for the Ninth Circuit today issued a ruling that could restrict the resale of computer software. The ruling is here.
The following comment is attributed to Sherwin Siy, deputy legal director of Public Knowledge:
“This ruling will have far-reaching consequences for consumers. It could conceivably shut down the market for used software and computer games.
“The court has blessed a system in which a publisher can use fine print to circumvent the traditional rules of first sale, maintaining control of distribution throughout the entire lifetime of the copy.
“Nothing good can come of a system like this. We look forward to this case being further appealed and to having this decision reversed.”
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