Courts extend their watch on used software deals

Peter Wesche August 29, 2012

After the verdict of the European court in July against Oracle, now Microsoft is taking a hit from a court decision in Germany. The mandatory injunction orders Microsoft to discontinue statements on their website about excluding OEM operating systems for software transfer to new PCs. The verdict makes direct reference to the European decision.

The matter reveals two important points:

  1. It is getting easier to execute on reselling used software
  2. It requires more court decisions to pave the way for regular business in the used software space

With proper legal guidance, user organizations should take advantage of the trend and reinstate balance for the buyers’ market by triggering more court decisions if they feel mistreated.

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