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When Is a 'License' Really a Sale?

close-up of statement on retail item prohibiting sale or transfer

Illustration by Alicia Kubista

Can you resell software even if the package says you can't? What are the implications for copyright law of the U.S. Supreme Court's unanimous June 2008 decision in Quanta v. LG Electronics?

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