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German consumer rights group sues Valve over game resale issue

1 Feb 2013  by   Peter Parrish

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A German organisation called The Federation of German Consumer Organizations (VZVB) is attempting to sue Valve over the issue of game re-sales on Steam. At present, Steam account holders have no way of selling, or transferring, their games to other users.

This is not the first time VZVB has tried to take the issue to court. A previous case made it as far as the German Federal Court of Justice, who ruled in 2010 that Valve was not violating German law with is policies.

According to VZVB’s Carola Elbrecht, the organisation is hoping that last July’s ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union (stating that “used” game sales are legal and cannot be blocked by the author) will add weight to its new lawsuit. Legally speaking, however, the situations are somewhat different.

Even Elbrecht herself feels that this litigation could go on “for years,” and will most likely end up at the German Federal Court again.

So whether you’re hoping to be able to re-sell your Steam collection, or hoping that never happens, it doesn’t seem like a change to the status quo is on the horizon any time soon.

Source: PC Advisor

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