Can You Exhaust a Digital Video Game Copyright?
In Valve v. UFC-Que Choisir, the Paris Court of First Instance (the “Paris Court”) ruled that the principle of copyright exhaustion does apply to digital copies of video games. The principle of copyright exhaustion—also known as the first-sale doctrine—is a basic tenant of copyright law. It provides that a physical copy of a copyrighted work, once purchased, is the property of the purchaser and, thus, that purchaser may sell that copy without the permission of the holder of the copyright.
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