When is a software licence transferable even if it says it’s non-transferable?
Software companies cannot prevent the sale of “second-hand” software licences, where those licences are for a one-off fee and an unlimited period. Clauses in these licences stating that they are non-transferable will not be enforceable. This is the effect of a recent judgment by the Court of Justice of the European Union in the case of UsedSoft GmbH v Oracle International Corp. (3 July 2012).
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