Can you legally borrow or lend computer games?

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#1  Edited By lilburtonboy7489

So I was taking my Empire Total War disc out of its case today, and as I was putting it in, I noticed some writing on the disc. It said: "Do not LEND or make illegal copies of this disc"

Okay, so does that mean that it was illegal for me to borrow this game to my brother? If we buy it, we own it. If we own it, shouldn't we be able to borrow it to whoever we please?

Or am I not understanding this?

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#2  Edited By Diamond

I think technically it's even illegal to let a friend play the game in your own home.  You buy a license to play the game.

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#3  Edited By Hamz

Technically it is illegal to lend, borrow or make copies of games. No matter the circumstances, it is illegal.

However realistically, who can stop you lending it to your brother?

Its a piece of legal literature, thats all it is. I don't think I have ever heard of any Publisher or Developer enforcing the rule on this, unless it comes to piracy / illegal copies being sold etc.

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#4  Edited By brukaoru

As far as I know: In copyright terms, you don't "own" it. You own the software license to play it. It is against the EULA to lend the game to someone. Letting someone borrow the game forfeits your right to the game. If the company catches you, they could take legal action.

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#5  Edited By End_Boss

It may be a law, but it's a silly pretentious and unjust law.
Don't obey.

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#6  Edited By lilburtonboy7489

Wow...that's insane. I think I just lost my interest in gaming.

Well, maybe I'll just never buy a new game again. I'll just buy used.

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#7  Edited By brukaoru

You do realize that this is the same for other products too? Are you going to stop buying movies/music/books as well?

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#8  Edited By AndrewGaspar

That's probably just there in case they get in a case of piracy and the defendant says he was just lending the game. It's just a legal clause to help the company in court.

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#9  Edited By JoelTGM

It's not like they can really enforce it when it comes to lending a game to your brother or a friend.  They just don't want you "lending" it to thousands of people on some torrent site.

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#10  Edited By alexrubens

" I was only uploading the game on a torrent site to lend it to my friend, how was i supposed to know that millions of other people would have access to the internet."