2013 Update: An excellent FREE alternative to Rosetta Stone is Duolingo.
You can’t sell your Rosetta Stone software. You don’t own it. You lease it. Read on…
We’ve been using the Rosetta Stone Spanish software for a couple of years, but not as much lately so we decided to sell it on eBay.
My listing was pulled after a few days. No message, no alert. Just gone.
Guess what… YOU CAN’T SELL IT
When I emailed eBay and asked why, they said “With regard to your item, your listing was removed because BSA (Business Software Alliance) (US) reported that the listing infringed intellectual property rights. Because BSA (Business Software Alliance) (US) is the verified rights owner in this case, we’re required to remove the listing.”
Obviously, I emailed BSA. Their reply:
“We, at the Business Software Alliance, act on our member companies behalf. They provide us with criteria to use to determine if an auction should be referred to eBay.
Your auction was shut down because Rosetta Stone’s products are copyrighted and unauthorized reproduction or distribution is illegal. In addition, Rosetta Stone’s End User License Agreement expressly states that the license to use this product is non-transferable.”
So, be advised. When you buy Rosetta Stone software, you will NOT be able to resell it without breaking the law.
Sound silly? Contact Rosetta Stone and tell them.