Software developers such as Microsoft or Corel allow certified sales partners (resellers) to sell products to consumers. So-called reseller rights are granted. Only authorized partners have the right to sell software licenses and are mandatory members of the developer’s partner program. The resellers receive the non-exclusive right to actively market and distribute software under license within the EU / EFTA. Notwithstanding this, sales partners can also be active in other regions, this requires a written agreement.
The dealer is obliged to offer the software products under the respective product names of the developer. Relevant property rights and copyright notices are to be observed or made. All brand names and registered trademarks are the property of their respective developers. Technical information must always correspond to the developer’s information. Images, icons and logos are used to identify items. The goods sold remain the property of the retailer until full payment has been made.
According to the current case law of the Federal Court of Justice (BGH, judgment of July 17, 2013 – I ZR 129/08), specialist dealers are obliged to document the legality of the software offered. Software licenses may only be brought into circulation with the consent of the rights holder. The license is granted in return for a payment that enables a fee to be achieved that corresponds to the economic value of the software. The rights holder obliges the dealer to sell the software permanently, without a time limit on its use. The consumer is informed that the software is subject to the license conditions and product usage rights of the software manufacturer.
The purchaser has a simple, unrestricted right to use the software. He is not allowed to copy or allow others to use them. Multiple usage rights require a separate agreement.