Do you really own that software?

The US first-sale doctrine of 1909 states that the owner of a “particular copy” of a copyrighted work does not need the copyright owner’s authorisation to sell or dispose of that copy. Pretty straight foward, right?

...except that a court has just ruled that you can possess a copy of a copyrighted work without actually owning it: like when you license computer software. If you don’t own it, you can’t sell it.

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