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PostSubject: Used Games Could Become Illegal in the US   Tue Sep 14, 2010 8:40 pm

Recently, the 9th Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that software companies have the right to restrict the selling of their software, making a distinction between licensing and ownership.

The case itself revolved around the program AutoCAD, which in it's user agreement stated that paying for it merely granted the purchaser the license to use the software, not ownership rights. The inclusion of of this in the user agreement makes the resale of the software, weather by individuals or retailers, a sort of copyright infringement, since they never truly owned the software, just he right to use it. For more in-depth reading on the subject, please read Gamasutra's Court Of Appeals Ruling Threatens Sale Of Used Games?

Where do games come into play? Basically, if game publishers decided to include a contract on purchase saying that you are just purchasing the rights to play the game, not the game itself, then used games will essentially be illegal.

This is a really big deal. Game publishers have been at war with used games sellers for basically ever, and now they have a legal weapon to use against them.

And to be fair, the reselling of used games is copyright infringement because % of the price goes tot he reseller. The publishers get nothing and the developers don' get paid.

Personally, games are just way to fucking expensive for me not to get them used, or wait years for the price to depreciate.

The best solution to this is an agreement between reseller and publishers so that all parties get paid.

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PostSubject: Re: Used Games Could Become Illegal in the US   Wed Sep 15, 2010 2:48 am

I know what they mean and technically they are right.

Still they shouldn't whine over it - they got paid when I buyed the game for a damn high price so if I sell it I sell it - they should get over themselves.
This counts for DVD's, music, books, software & other stuff also - don't hear any whining from there (well not more than usual)

If they come to any terms and demand money from those shops who resell the games -> aka used games getting more expensive then I'm out.
It's not that I buy many used games - mostly only older ones for SNES, PSX aso. but still ~

Oh well - luckily I don't live in US and all my next gen consoles have custom firmware so if they fuck things up here I'll download all new games and don't pay anything anymore (hell I only buy games for the cases anyway currently...)
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PostSubject: Re: Used Games Could Become Illegal in the US   Fri Sep 17, 2010 7:05 am

So limited release games will become impossible to acquire after just a few weeks then... Eh, I'll believe it when I see it. Gamestop and similar retailers make the majority of their profit by ripping off people with their trade in system and reselling the games at a profit, so I'm sure a lot of strong powers will conflict before any sort of resolution is made.

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PostSubject: Re: Used Games Could Become Illegal in the US   Mon Sep 20, 2010 8:56 pm

If used games become illegal then fukitol. I'm using emulators already anyways.
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PostSubject: Re: Used Games Could Become Illegal in the US   Sat Oct 09, 2010 2:39 pm

Haha, the Shin Megami Tensei series would go underground. A lot of those games thrive on used trade.
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