I was searching on Amazon to buy OS X Tiger, and I was quite intrigued to see "Used" software up for sale.
Can somebody sell his/her used software? I am wondering whether a normal customer has the rights to resell a software product after using it just like any other product.
EULA of Windows XP says, you can not sell the software alone, but okay if you sell your computer with software in it.
1.2 SOFTWARE as a Component of the COMPUTER - Transfer.
This license may not be shared, transferred to or used
concurrently on different computers. The SOFTWARE
is licensed with the COMPUTER as a single integrated
product and may only be used with the COMPUTER.
If the SOFTWARE is not accompanied by HARDWARE,
you may not use the SOFTWARE. You may permanently
transfer all of your rights under this EULA only
as part of a permanent sale or transfer of the
COMPUTER, provided you retain no copies of the
SOFTWARE. If the SOFTWARE is an upgrade,
any transfer must also include all prior versions
of the SOFTWARE. This transfer must
also include the Certificate of Authenticity
label. The transfer may not be an indirect transfer,
such as a consignment. Prior to the transfer,
the end user receiving the Software must agree
to all the EULA terms.
And for most of the software it says "The Software is licensed, not sold.". It is not clear however in their license agreements whether you can sell that license to use the software.
Unlike other products, selling a software after using is quite tricky. Not the selling part of it, though. If you own a camera and sells it off after a while, you no longer have that camera with you. So actual product is being transferred to new owner. But software is quite not like that. You install the software and use it for a while. You don't like it or you got sick of it. So you sell the CD/DVD to another. But, who takes care of installation that is already running on your machine? If you don't uninstall, its in effect you are selling a copy of the DVD to some one, which is illegal as per the license agreement. I am wondering, if I uninstall my software and then sell it, is it acceptable?
I would love the idea of selling used software. I have lots of software products that I no longer use. It would be great if I can sell them on ebay or somewhere else.