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Valve Will Appeal French Courts on Alleged ‘Anti-Consumer’ Ban on Digital Games Resale

French courts have just struck down several user agreement clauses for Valve’s online PC storefront, Steam, including restrictions on the resale of Digital Games. Valve has announced that it will appeal the court’s decision.As reported by French publication Numerama, French consumer advocacy group UFC- Que Chosoir announced a legal victory against Steam today. According to the report, the group successfully got the courts to cancel clauses within Steam the group claims were anti-consumer. This includes Valve’s policy against reselling digital games purchased from Steam.

“The most significant of those concerns [was] the one that forbade the resale of [digital] video games,” it says in the Numerama report. “That means the products are not related to a particular physical medium (a cartridge or a disk, for example).”

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In a statement sent to IGN on the French court ruling, Valve says: “We disagree with the decision of the Paris Court of First Instance and will appeal it. The decision will have no effect on Steam while the case is on appeal.”

The French court claims that Valve’s prohibition on reselling digital games is against European Union laws on digital goods, which promotes free movement of goods within the Union. This includes digital software. Although Valve was told it has three months to amend its policies, Valve’s appeal will put any immediate changes on hold.

Matt Kim is a reporter for IGN. You can reach him on Twitter.



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