Autodesk, eBay seller suit could impact sales of secondhand software
Sep 30, 2009, 18:32 (1 Talkback[s])
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"The suit was filed by Timothy Vernor, a seller on eBay, after
Autodesk, citing the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, asked eBay
to remove some of its software products that Vernor had listed for
sale there, and later to ban him from the site.
"Vernor had not illegally copied the software but was selling
legitimate CDs of the products secondhand. For that reason, he
argued, he was not infringing Autodesk's copyright.
"Autodesk countered that because it licences the software,
rather than selling it outright, a licensee does not have the right
to resell its products."