Software licenses from free market
Used software licenses (or used licenses) are still the same software licenses as new ones. The only difference is the price. It is identical product, , but if you choose licenses from free market, you can save up to 80 % of the initial price.
from the free market by the PREO / PREDNY SLM group
when using PREDNY SLM hybrid solutions
and countless satisfied customers
How much you can save?
See the indicative price list or contact us for the current offer.
How does it work?
Trade with used software licenses was declared to be legal
stated in the ruling of the Court of Justice of the EU C-128/11, based on Directive 2009/24. If you no longer need a perpetual, fully paid software license, you can sell it further without any restrictions
Rules for resale of software licenses
In the EU Directive 2009/24/EC, in Article 4, paragraph 2, we can find a specific provision which states that the first sale of software terminates the author’s right to control its further resale (there is a so called exhaustion of rights).
In the event of exhaustion of rights, it represents a situation where the rightholder of a copy of software program places specific copies of the software on the market, thereby “exhausting” his right to control further distribution of this copy. If the conditions stipulated by legal regulations are met, the author cannot restrict or prohibit further resale and subsequent distribution of these software copies in the future.
Summary of legislation, case law and other views on licenses from free market:More about legislation and case law
Rules for transferring licenses in a nutshell:
Your guarantee of legal security
In accordance with the above-mentioned standards, all transfers of licenses via PREDNY SLM are accompanied by complete and transparent documentation, incl. declaration of the first acquirers:
We trade exclusively with licenses coming from volume licensing contracts. Thanks to this, we can guarantee the origin of the licenses.
For each transfer, we supply a complete chain of ownership of all licensees, thanks to which you can always prove the origin of licenses in a possible audit.
We buy licenses directly, so unlike most other “resellers”, we can prove the existence of a license entry in the original VLSC account.
o In addition to the license number, we also supply other identification data of the licenses (eg Agreement Number) and also of the original licensee.
o Purchasing processes are regularly audited by the Big Four companies (eg Deloitte, Ernst&Young) and each transaction is published in a public bitcoin blockchain.
o Thanks to the electronic distribution and evidence platform SWTP™ you get at least the same comfort for license management as in the VLSC account.
Only complete documentation guarantees a smooth software auditing process
Beware of gray market sellers!
In addition to clearly counterfeit or stolen software product sellers (usually recognizable by their noticeably low price), there are also so-called gray market sellers who claim to sell “legal licenses”. Often, such vendors hide behind electronic software distribution (ESD) licenses, CoA labels, various other certificates or statements, which try to force customers to think that everything is legal and that they take full responsibility in the event of a problem. However, they know very well that copyright law applies the so-called presumption of guilt, when the end user must always prove legal acquisition of software license. This means that if the license proves to be illegal (or non-existent) during the audit, this user must, under copyright law, pay the author of the software the usual price for the software and twice that price as a fine. In addition, the user will have to pay the cost of the software audit
So does the seller’s warranty matter? Unfortunately, mostly not. We know from experience that many dubious sellers will cease to exist over time. And if not, after paying all fines and costs, it is only possible to claim damages from this seller, such cases usually take several years in court.
Always request complete and transparent documentation
The activation key or CoA label doesn’t represent a license
The seller’s warranty does not release you from liability
Beware of unreasonably low prices
Operating systems and office applications
Server and database solutions
Other software (limited availability)
Yes, trade with used software licenses, firstly placed on the market in the EU or the European Economic Area with the consent of the author, is legal. The European Court of Justice ruled on this in its judgment on 3. 7. 2012. All relevant judgments of the European Court of Justice and national courts about the legitimate trade in used software licenses can be found on our website.
None, these are different names for the same software products where the rights to control further resale & distribution of copies of the software by the manufacturer have already been exhausted.
No. According to the CJEU judgment, the consent of the relevant manufacturer for the sale of used software licenses is not required. The copyright owner’s right to control distribution of copies of their work is exhausted by the first sale in the EU.
o Software, unlike hardware, is not subject to any wear and tear. Therefore, used licenses are not functionally different from new ones. The buyer thus has no disadvantages compared to the new software. Moreover, many versions of software that are still used by companies are no longer available as new. The only way to obtain these licenses is through the used software market.
Probably not. VLSC and other similar portals are manufacturer’s tools created for management and evidence of new purchased licenses. However, registration of used software licenses within this portal is nonclaimable and the manufacturer, as his right to control further distribution and sale of relevant software copies has already been exhausted, is not interested and obligated in registration or transfer of licenses from free market on his platforms. That’s why we have developed our Software Trading Platform (SWTP). SWTP brings you at least the same features as VLSC, and you can reassign licenses to new owners or sell them back to us.Find out more about SWTP.
Absolutely. Even as a multiple user of used software license, you may continue to receive updates to the applicable software in accordance with manufacturer’s licensing policy.
According to the CJEU judgment of 3 July 2012, trade in second-hand software is permitted in all EU or European Economic Area countries.