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Is second-hand software illegal?
This article is part of the Computer Weekly issue of 04 March 2014
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 Discount-Licensing only realised its membership had been revoked after it contacted FAST when the links on its website failed.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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