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EU Rules You Can Sell Downloaded Games
If you’re a European citizen, you now have the right to sell copies of downloaded or digital games. According to the Court of Justice of the European Union, publishers cannot prevent you from selling your licenses to the digital content you downloaded after you have paid for them, allowing you to resell your license at your leisure as though you own said content. Even if you agreed to a different set of rules, publishers cannot stop you from re-selling this content, as exclusive right of distribution of digital content is "exhausted on its first sale".
There is one catch, however. When you sell your digital data, you must erase your license as well.
The ruling suggests that if you’ve bought a license for a game off your mate, you’re within your rights to download it from the publisher’s website. “Therefore the new acquirer of the user licence, such as a customer of UsedSoft, may, as a lawful acquirer of the corrected and updated copy of the computer program concerned, download that copy from the copyright holder’s website,” the Court said.
Whether or not major game publishers will be changing their European terms of service or other legal digital matters has yet to be seen, but we can be sure to see a new avenue emerge for digital distribution soon.