+1 for Digital Consumer Rights in the EU
Figured there are plenty of tech/software savvy people around the League that could weigh in and give their thoughts on this recent ruling from the European Union’s Court of Justice:
“Under that directive, the first sale in the EU of a copy of a computer program by the copyright holder or with his consent exhausts the right of distribution of that copy in the EU. A rightholder who has marketed a copy in the territory of a Member State of the EU thus loses the right to rely on his monopoly of exploitation in order to oppose the resale of that copy. In the present case, Oracle claims that the principle of exhaustion laid down by the directive does not apply to user licences for computer programs downloaded from the internet.”
Is it only a matter of time till this mentality crosses the Atlantic, or will this only work to ruin software innovation in the old country?