Just a wee question and some hopefully fruitful discussion material related to it:
According to EULA's, if you own non-functioning disks for certain software, is it legal for you to download the game off the internet and use it privately? That is, if you buy the game once, do you maintain ownership in perpetuity until you relinquish ownership of the physical disks? The reason I'm asking is that I just a box of stuff I thought long lost, containing (amongst other things) the original cds for Terra Nova: Strike Force Centauri and Ultima Underworld 2: Labyrinth of Worlds. They are scratched, dusty and in one case bitten (!) in two.
Now, the Finnish legal position is quite clear, that once bought and never relinquished, I still in fact own the rights to the game, but this made me think. Would the corporations themselves agree? What about in your country?
Funnily enough, if the EULA disagrees, it doesn't matter in my case, since (in Finland) I am not legally bound by any document or agreement which places restrictions that are not, in fact, possible to place legally under Finnish law, such as the "do not lend" restriction on most games. Hell, I can walk into the library and borrow Bioshock in some cities... or could if there weren't a 4 month waiting list.