Earlier this month, the European Court of Justice ruled that game publishers cannot stop European consumers from reselling their downloaded games. Not only that, but a publisher may have to facilitate such a transaction by allowing the recipient of the sale to download their “used” copy from its website.
Oh yeah, they’re going to love that.
However, the Court made it clear that once you sell your digital copy, you no longer have the right to play it. So, this week’s poll (which you can find to your right below the LOGIN box) asks if you can be trusted to delete your digital copy of a game you just sold. Are you a law-abiding little doo-bee? Or do publishers have a good reason to frequently treat us like criminals?
Or is this issue more complex than that?
Once you’ve cast your vote, hit up the comments section of this article and share your thoughts. Say something particularly cool and we may feature your comment when we discuss the poll results on next week’s podcast.
Speaking of which, E. Zachary Knight and I discussed this topic at length on Episode 10 of Super Podcast Action Committee. Fast forward to the 49 minute mark for that segment.
-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen