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Monday, October 3, 2011

Supreme Court won’t hear appeal from man who wants to resell used software - The Washington Post

Bad news folks er...licensees. When you use software from a company, you're licensing the right to use their software, you don't actually own it. So, if you have too many licenses or are closing your business, you can't sell your Autodesk software to someone else.

You'd run into problems if trying to buy someone else's license when you want to renew subscription, get tech support, access other services, upgrade or crossgrade your licenses.

So, your subscription is not buying software, but licenses new versions of the software each year.


Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal of Vernor v. Autodesk 10-1421. Vernor wanted to sell unopened licenses of AutoCAD on Ebay. Based on the first sale doctrine, the case was about whether software is owned or licensed and follows the first sale doctrine. Thus, Vernor cannot resell the software as he didn't actually own the rights to the software.

Here's a little history from 3 years ago. http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2008/05/court-smacks-autodesk-affirms-right-to-sell-used-software.ars

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