French consumer association sues Valve due to ban on resale on Steam

Dec

19

2015

A French consumer challenges Valve to court over the terms of use of Steam. It will include the sale of Steam games prohibited while it would be allowed just under European law.

The French consumer association UFC-Que Choisir published a statement about the decision on its website. This is in short the francophone Redditgebruiker Silence Apartment translated. The organization sees a problem in the fact that Valve does not give users the ability to resell their licenses purchased for games. The European Supreme Court in the 2012 judgment did, no matter what conditions a contract contains too, consumers are free to resell a license for a digitally distributed software product.

In 2014 a German consumer Valve won even before the court because of their attitude towards the resale of gaming licenses. That, however, Valve knew when to win because the German court ruled that a computer game falls under general copyright laws and does not include software copyright laws because, among other audiovisual content. The judgment of the European Court is just about the software copyright.

According to PC World, the French consumer organization similar in their eyes onwetmatige terms of use found at Sony, EA, Microsoft and Blizzard. For now the organization is, however, only behind Valve and their sales platform Steam on.

Furthermore, the consumer sees a problem in the fact that Valve does all liability in the case of any data breach. The organization does not want the company all user-generated content on Steam claims as his own. It should begin Valve according to UFC-Que Choisir users with their Steam Wallet funds returned when an account is canceled. Finally Valve Luxembourg consumer law would apply to all European users, which would not be the intention.

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