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Oracle Can’t Stop Software License Resales, EU Court Says

Oracle Corp., the largest maker of database software, should lose a court challenge seeking to prevent a German company from reselling Oracle software licenses, the European Union’s top court said.

Software copyright owners can’t oppose the resale of “used” licenses that enable the use of software downloaded from the Internet, the European Court of Justice said today. Oracle is trying to prevent Munich-based UsedSoft GmbH from selling computer software and licenses no longer used by the original buyer.