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Valve will be heading to court over its pre-owned games policy

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Author: Nicholas Greene  

So, uh... Valve is getting sued.

The Federation of German Consumer Organizations, known as the VZVB, earlier today confirmed plans to take Valve to court for policies related to its digital distribution platform, Steam.

This suit follows from the distributor's refusal to change its terms of service regarding the rights of users to re-sell their digital purchases in spite of a ruling from the European Court of Justice that labeled the practice both allowable and legal. 

Valve will be heading to court over pre-owned games policy

"Unfortunately, a date for the trial is not fixed," explained Representative Eva Hoffshulte. "We hope it will take place this year. Until then, it is not realistic that Valve will change their policy. But our chance to win the process is very good, and that will really be an improvement for consumers: then they can sell their games to others." 

"We have not checked the current directives, because first we have to finish our lawsuit against Valve. Over and above that, we are not able to take action against Valve, because of our financial and personnel situation."

The VZVB send a cease-and-desist order back in September of last year, shortly after Valve attempted to change its EULA to prevent users from issuing class-action lawsuits against the organization.  Now, it seems, they're taking it to the next level: the courts. 

Valve will be heading to court over pre-owned games policy

According to Valve's VP of Marketing Doug Lombardi, the distributor is aware of the press release from the VZVB regarding the lawsuit, but has yet to see the actual complaint relating to it.

Source:  Gaming Blend

Posted on: 07/22/2013 | ? Comments
Tags: Valve, Steam, Digital Distrubiton, Lawsuits, Content Ownership, Copyright Law, Video Game News
Nicholas Greene

A gamer at heart, Nick started writing when he was a child. He holds a BA in English, works as a freelancer, and loves every minute of it. One day, he hopes to net himself a career in game design - but that's something for the future.

The views of GameDynamo's writers are not necessarily the views of the website as a whole. However, we support freedom of speech and enjoy diverse opinions about video games. Hopefully you do too!


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