EU rules the resale of digital games & software legal


The European Union’s Court of Justice has ruled in favor of allowing the resale of digital content. Publishers will not be able to stop consumers from reselling their purchased downloadable content, the European Union states that “An author of software cannot oppose the resale of his ‘used’ licences allowing the use of his programs downloaded from the internet.” However, consumers resell of content will be limited, “the first sale in the EU of a copy of a computer program by the copyright holder or with his consent exhausts the right of distribution of that copy in the EU.” We can only speculate as to whether the United States or other governmental bodies will also go forth with these same policies in the future. For now at least, consumers in European Union (EU) member states will have safe harbor under this ruling to resell digital content they purchase and download from Steam, Origin or another digital platform even if the end user license agreement prohibits that very transfer.

So whether your into strategy, sports, arcade, simulation, MMO, or your old fashioned poker games, if its downloadable digital content and you have it purchased legally within a EU member state than you can resell it with no hindrance from the big publishing companies that would rather not allow you those rights.


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Solomon Massele
Solomon is our Senior Managing Editor here at TekGoblin and he is also a columnist for Best Buy Mobile Magazine. He has been a technology enthusiast for years and currently contributes to companies such as TekGoblin, Best Buy Mobile Magazine, and others in the past such as SPJ Reviews. You can keep up with his updates on Twitter at @iceman7679 and his visual tech related reviews on YouTube at He loves everything tech, and talking about it!