"Free-to-play" misleading advertising in Europe

European Commission meets with devs to improve consumer protections, wants them to stop calling games free if they have in-app purchases. Complaints from consumers who unwittingly purchased in-game upgrades in free-to-play titles have become common enough that the European Commission is taking action on the matter. EC members are meeting with tech companies and national enforcement authorities to go over concerns about consumer protections in the burgeoning market. "Consumers and…

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German consumer federation goes to court war with Valve

Sorry I didn’t post this earlier but now it’s here, check this out, finally someone BIG is going after Valve, Steam and it’s subscriber agreement. Can’t wait to see how this turns out! The Federation of German Consumers Association (VZBV) has taken issue with Valve and Steam. The VZBV tried to get Valve to allow Steam customers to at least be able to sell their game licenses to other users…

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EU Commission explains pricing, availability and more

I’ve just received another e-mail with further details about Valve, Steam and pricing in European Union in general. Go ahead and read it. As I mentioned in my previous e-mail, EU competition law generally does not restrict the freedom of companies to unilaterally decide whether and what to sell in which country. There is no EU competition law rule that obliges private companies such as Valve Software to market the…

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To all EU citizens: Please help us!

We are about to send a letter to the European Commission. Sending a letter. Why? At the moment I - as a citizen of Poland or for example France, Greece, Germany or any other member country - cannot buy products in the Steam Store in the shop reserved for residents of the United Kingdom (http://www.steampowered.com/?cc=uk) which is against the European Union’s directive. Here it is: Directive 97/7/EC: "Whereas the free…

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It’s now illegal in Europe for companies to stop you selling used software, even if its distributed digitally only

Do we have a breakthrough here? I can’t believe what I’m reading right now. Check some parts of it: An author of software cannot oppose the resale of his ‘used’ licences allowing the use of his programs downloaded from the internet. And then: By its judgment delivered today, the Court explains that the principle of exhaustion of the distribution right applies not only where the copyright holder markets copies of…

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