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    What do you own? Looking through my possessions, I feel fairly comfortable that the food in my fridge belongs to me. And I have an odd confidence that the hardware in my PC is mine. But the books on my shelves? I seem to have very little rights over them. The CDs stacked up in a cupboard (remember CDs?) certainly aren’t my property. And the software on my computer may as well be tied to a long piece of elastic, just waiting for the publishers to give it a tug. You own a license. But a license for what? This lack of ownership becomes even more concerning when it comes to the digital space, at which point our rights to anything become extremely ambiguous. And that’s something that can bite you hard on the bum, when places like Steam seem to reserve the right to ban you from your account, and not even tell you why they did it. Below is the story of one RPS reader who says he lost access to his entire Steam collection, and thoughts from game lawyer Jas Purewal on whether we really own any game we buy.
    http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2012...r-steam-games/

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    Default Re: Do We Own Our Steam Games?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lil' ½ Dead View Post
    You paid for the key.

    I'd say yes if I was a lawyer.
    And would take it on retainer.

    Later

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    Default Re: Do We Own Our Steam Games?

    Try and sell your steam account in a public venue and see if you 'own your games.'

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    I'm expecting to see this situation ending up in courts.

    And would bet on the Plaintif.

    Anyone ever gone thru the (Fine) print???

    Later

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