Oracle loses to UsedSoft in software resale case
Customers of software resellers such as UsedSoft who buy an updated user licence may download the software from the copyright owner’s website, the Court of Justice of the EU ruled today
Europe’s highest court was ruling in a dispute
between Oracle and UsedSoft, a German business
that offers its clients licences acquired from customers of
UsedSoft clients that do not already possess the software
download it from Oracle’s website after acquiring
a so-called used licence. Clients who already have the software
can buy another licence for additional users or to receive
software updates. They then download the software to the main
memory of the computers of those new users.
Oracle objected to the resale practice and asked the German
courts to order UsedSoft to stop. Germany’s
Federal Court of Justice asked...
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