As chief of computer systems for Berliner Volksbank, Joerg Bauske has long been dismayed at the amount he spends on software. Now he says he's found an easy way to cut costs dramatically: Buying used programs.

Bauske plans to upgrade the regional savings bank's copies of Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Server with secondhand copies purchased from a broker called Preo Software AG.

The move was eased by a July ruling from the European Union's highest court paving the way for sales of previously owned software. Bauske had some experience in the matter, having bought secondhand copies of Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop in 2006 and 2007, when the legality of such deals was less clear.

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