Court once again favours with Valve in the trading digital games argument


Matt Hadden (Twitter, Google+)
7th Feb 2014, 2:10pm

The ongoing dispute about whether or not consumers should be allowed to re-sell their game has once again seen a German court rule in favour of Valve's decision not to let this happen.

This isn't the first time this has happened either, back in 2010 German consumer group Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband tried to take Valve to court, and revealed in July last year that another case would happen in 2014.

Once again no action will be taking against Valve, as a Berlin court took their side. Legal Eagles Osborne Clark said the following in a statement.

The Regional Court of Berlin has dismissed the lawsuit of German consumer watchdog group Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband ("VZBV") against Valve Inc. over the provisions in company's terms of service that prohibit the sale or transfer of user accounts on the Steam digital distribution platform.

VZBV may now have the right to appeal the decision, but the reasons behind the decision have not been made public.

The main argument for VZBV is that not being able to resell their Steam accounts goes against the German version of the first-sale doctrine--the doctrine that enables consumers to resell copyrighted products.

The reason behind VZBV taking Valve to court could be that in 2012 The Court of Justice in the European Union that the doctrine applied to digital software.

What are everyone's thoughts about this? Good, bad? Would you want to be allowed to sell your Steam account?

Source: EuroGamer via GameSpot


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