Software purchased from abroad may be resold

In the case of a Canadian software company and a Dutch buyer, a court has decided that European law applies. The court based it’s ruling on the previous verdict of the European court from July 2012. This provides that when buyers purchase a software licence they automatically purchase the rights of distribution for this software licence. The software producer therefore no longer holds the rights of that licence – even if their national licence agreements state this differently.

Further information about the legal framework of trading used software can be found on