It seems that The Federation Of German Consumers Association (VZBV) have taken issue with some of the terms of Valve’s popular gaming software, Steam. They believe it unfair that consumers who buy games via the software are unable to resell or give them away after use.
VZBV warned Valve about possible legal action in September last year. The changes they seek have not been made and so they have taken their case to the District Court of Berlin. They believe that by restricting users rights to sell on second hand games, they are stunting the growth of the digital distribution market.
VZBV have had a previous run in with Valve back in 2010 which also led to court action in Germany. They attempted to make it possible for Steam users to sell their whole account on if they no longer needed or wanted it. This was overruled by the courts stating that Valve’s prohibition of user account transfers did not break any German laws.