Buying Software Doesn't Mean You Own It

Law360, New York (October 25, 2010, 12:43 PM EDT) -- The old adage that possession is nine-tenths of the law may not be true any longer, at least with respect to software. On Sept. 10, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held in Vernor v. Autodesk that an individual who purchased and then resold secondhand software was not the “owner” of that copy of the software and therefore could not resell it where the license agreement accompanying the software restricted such resale.[1]

Prior to the Ninth Circuit’s decision, most people probably thought that...
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