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04 March 2014

Is second-hand software illegal?

The action by Federation Against Software Theft to suspend one of its members has been dubbed a PR stunt designed to confuse users over the legality of second-hand user licences. Earlier in February Microsoft settled a copyright infringement with second-hand software distributor, Discount-Licensing. Microsoft began proceedings against the supplier several months earlier following a US ruling related to the export of music. On 11 April 2013, Microsoft threatened court action and subsequent proceedings were brought against Discount-Licensing for breach of copyright in respect of United States (non-European Economic Area)-sourced software licences. Discount-Licensing only realised its membership had been revoked after it contacted FAST when the links on its website failed. According to Discount-Licensing, FAST did not ascertain the facts of the situation before revoking the company's membership More articles on second user software Software licensing: SAP terms and conditions are not above European law EU court legalises ...

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