The best news this year is the Court of Justice of the European Union upholding doctrine of first sale
This is a big deal. A really big deal, and really good news. It allows brokers, it allows you to sell your software once done. It allows you to treat digital property like you would a physical object. You can give it, sell it, lend it to someone else.
This is the work of austerity, the good side of austerity. This is Europe saying, “no, we aren’t going to pay intellectual rent to America.” (Yes, other countries make software, but America is still the big winner in the software stakes.) When Europe was prosperous, they were willing to pay. The international order, whatever its problems, was delivering for them. Now that it isn’t, they won’t pay.