EU Court Ruling Chips Away At Software Copyrights

Law360, New York (July 03, 2012, 7:30 PM ET) -- A Tuesday ruling by Europe's highest court that it is not a violation of copyright for customers to resell Oracle International Corp. software legally obtained online has continued the court's recent trend toward limiting copyright protection for software, experts said.

The European Court of Justice rejected Oracle's claim that selling used licenses for its software infringed copyright, holding that regardless of whether software is purchased on a disk or downloaded from a website, manufacturers lose the right to enforce the copyright after the first sale....
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