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Is it legal to stop people from selling their used games?
Written by Danrok   
Monday, 30 January 2012 18:36

From ArsTechnica:

Recent stories about potential technical efforts to limit the future playability of used games, as well as commercial efforts to limit the content included with used copies, got us wondering: is it actually legal to hinder someone from reselling a game (or piece of a game) that they legally bought in the first place?

At first glance, such efforts would seem to fall afoul of the first-sale doctrine. First established in a 1908 Supreme Court case and codified into law in 1976, the doctrine basically gives the initial purchaser wide-ranging rights to the use of the product they've bought, including the right to sell it to a new owner.



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