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Stephen Downes

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If you notice software companies clamping down on the resale of discs you bought and thought you owned, it may be in reaction to this ruling in Europe asserting that "exclusive distribution rights are also exhausted after digital first sales." Historically, you've always been able to resell your discs - "This is why GameStop is able to sell used video games without being sued by game developers" (and why the take-down notice on Amazon is an absolute crock). But now you can (in Europe, at least) resell your digital downloads. Not copies - that would still be a violation - but the original download. 

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