03.02.2011

usedSoft welcomes clarification of the download issue by he ECJ

usedSoft emphatically welcomed the verdict of the Federal Court of Justice in the Oracle dispute. "The fact that the European Court of Justice has made a final judgement, is a systematic and correct decision," explained usedSoft's Managing Director Peter Schneider. "Ultimately the resale of download software is based on European legislation, which also needs to be clarified Europe-wide."

The forthcoming decision by the Court of Justice, however, only has a limited impact on the trade of used software. In principle, the legal basis for the trade in used software is largely already clarified. The Federal Supreme Court explained in today's press release: "According to Art. 5 Clause 1 of Directive 2009/24/EC, the reproduction of a computer program does not require the consent of the copyright holder - providing nothing else has been agreed."