Has your software been ruled illegal?

September 12th, 2010

The Ninth Circuit of Appeals has made a ruling concerning the sale of second hand software which could have serious ramifications to several industries.  In the case of Timothy S. Vernor vs. Autodesk, Inc. (the makers of AutoCAD) ruled concerning the resale of second hand software and sided with Autodesk.

 Mr. Vernor had purchased several unused copies of AutoCAD release 14 from one of Autodesk’s direct customers and resold them on eBay.  Autodesk’s position was that it licenses software to the original purchaser and does not sell it.  According to the terms of their license, it is non-transferable.  This is bound to have a ripple effect which can affect everything from second hand software sales to the resale of PC’s and possibly the resale of telephone systems and equipment where the software has similar license agreements in place.

 What is even more surprising is that the media has yet to pick up on this story as I expected.  I heard of it from the Tech Lawyers group on LinkedIn which provided a link to an article in the San Francisco Chronicle.

 To read the decision of the court, you can download it here: 09-35969.


Telecom Technology and Services group created on LinkedIn

August 20th, 2010

I have created a new group on LinkedIn for discussing Telecom technology, services and legislative issues:


Please feel free to join.


First post

August 19th, 2010

We are in the process of updating our website and adding a blog.  Over the next few weeks we will have some exciting service announcements.