[my bold]Where the copyright holder makes available to his customer a copy – tangible or intangible – and at the same time concludes, in return form payment of a fee, a licence agreement granting the customer the right to use that copy for an unlimited period, that rightholder sells the copy to the customer and thus exhausts his exclusive distribution right.
Guys I think you may have missed something. I'm not sure and I'm no lawyer so bear with me.
I haven't read the full judgement but the article quotes that the customer has to have been granted right to use that copy for an "unlimited period". If the game is purely offline then what you all say is more than likely true.
However, if the game is online or uses the net maybe played on servers they control then they can always state that the game is only able to be used while they support the servers i.e. not an unlimited time period so the judgement will not affect them.
Any bets on what game dev's will do next?
Green Man Gaming already gives you trade ins for certain games.
The car/other physical goods analogy actually works fine even when discussing resell of intellectual property.
Granted that won't happen with your typical "on rails" beat-em-up or any movie tie in (or - for that matter pretty much all of the current crop of Olympic bandwaggon fodder).
I also didn't say how much EA etc would offer - I would assume a sliding scale - so if you sold BF4 in the first month then perhaps you'd get £15 back, second month £12, third £10, etc. It also wouldn't prevent EA turning around and selling the license they just "reclaimed" at a good profit - since there's obviously no difference between a new and used digital download.
Yes, it would mean that game prices would have to rise - but even something as simple as pricing digital the same as real would be enough - perhaps the savings in not having to produce and ship disks, manuals, etc would cover the shortfall?
I'm sure that there's folks in the publishers looking very closely at this at the moment...
Just as long as they don't come up with a subscription-based "pay to play" model. In which case Just Cause 2 and COD:2/4 would be costing me a mint!
Coalition: a system of government that adds one intellect to another and gets a half-wit as a result
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