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Submitted by chromeish 1151d ago | opinion piece

You Actually Own All Of Those Games You Downloaded

Scott from The Controller Online writes: "Earlier today the Court of Justice of the European Union made a landmark ruling on an issue that has been the point of much discussion over the last couple of years: used games. We all know that we have the right to sell our used games, despite what software manufacturers may think, but today’s ruling concerns the application of the same principle to digitally distributed software." (EA, GamersGate, PC, PS3, Valve, Xbox 360)

jamesensor  +   1151d ago
Interesting post, congrats chromeish.
Da_Evil_Monkey  +   1151d ago
You don't own the games, the EU court never said that.

“An author of software cannot oppose the resale of his ‘used’ licences allowing the use of his programs downloaded from the internet.”

This doesn't change the fact you own a license to use the software, not the software itself. It just allows you to sell or trade this license without the software owners stopping you.
Ducky  +   1151d ago
Isn't that true for games on physical media too?

You own the disc, but not the software on it.
Same goes for consoles, where you own the hardware, but not the software running on it.
Da_Evil_Monkey  +   1151d ago
exactly, all this ruling is saying is that digital games are the same as physical copies when it comes to resale or giving away. You own the license to the software on a disc or that you downloaded, not the software itself.
mep69  +   1151d ago
"when you buy a car the dealership does not try to say it still owns that car, that would be ridiculous. Why then, have we accepted this setup when it comes to downloadable games? Why have I accepted it?"

That should apply to consoles and other devices awell. If i wanted to mess around with something i own, i will. It's mine, not the companies.
Ray186  +   1151d ago
Europe is on a roll today. First ACTA, now this.
SirBradders  +   1151d ago
That's how you know when we are in harsh times, greed fuels this world in this day and age wheres the love and mary j
ACEMANWISE  +   1151d ago
Shocking news. I never expected it to go this way. All I ever wanted was to be able to access my games without barriers for the rest of my life. Not have someone punish me as a consumer all in the name of averting piracy. I don't even care if they say I don't own the content and just have a license. Just as long as I have complete control over my game purchases. If they can find a way to do that, I'll be a very happy online gamer.

Furthermore, I wish for them to make a law that if a company goes out of business or stops a service they will allow you a download (free of control measures) or a physical disc copy that all can be backed up.
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