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Autodesk wins, you don't own jack

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In news that almost feels like the opposite of Autodesk offering their software for free for students, Autodesk won appeal that states you do not purchase their software, you license it.

Last week, Autodesk won an appeal against the reselling of their software, claiming an eBay store owner illegaly resold their product.


Timothy Vernor ran a store on eBay where he sold secondhand software, including products by Autodesk (ADSK) that he had purchased at yard and office sales. According to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, what Vernor did is illegal. That's because, the court ruled that when the people and companies who sold Vernor the Autodesk products "bought" the software, they actually didn't -- instead, they licensed it. Since they licensed it, they didn't have any right to resell it to Vernor, who also didn't have the right to resell it on eBay.

See full article from DailyFinance: http://srph.it/czXizI

Owning a license to software feels much cheaper than owning the software itself. Bummer. So, product owners licensee's, if I were you'd I'd think twice before you resell your copies of Max or Maya when your company goes under or you're feeling generous.



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