Used software

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A legal alternative within the European Economic Area (EEA) for a number of years, resulting in significant positive impact on the budget for software licenses.

The term “used software” emerged during the five-year period spanning 1995 – 2000. Although inappropriate, the term “used software” has become the most common international terminology.

“Used” implies an element of being worn out, which is inapplicable to software. Furthermore, it is not the software that is purchased or sold but the right to use the software. A more appropriate term would be “second-hand software license”.

With the judgement of the Court of Justice of the European Union, passed on 3rd July, 2012, it became obvious that the second/third/etc. buyer acquires a license, or – in other words – the right of use. The delivery channel used to supply the software / installation medium, whether via data carrier or download, is merely a “technical” vehicle that makes it possible to exercise the legally acquired right of use.


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