I thought that a game's software license agreement usually had a provision that one is not to lend the product.
This has been a problem ever since I got serious about religion. I'm not willing to illegally download music, watch pirated movies, watch TV shows online unless uploaded by someone with the legal right to do so, or borrow or lend videogames. Most (read: all) of my friends see this stuff as "no big deal" and do it anyway. Am I obligated to tell them they ought to obey the law? Or can I keep my mouth shut as long as I don't do anything illegal myself?
I am a lawyer, so I thought I would let you know that it is not a violation of copyright law to borrow or lend videogames. So, feel free to do that with your friends. Just don't make unauthorized copies of the games. That is my secular advice.
The EULA is not copyright law. I cannot comment on a EULA I haven't read, although many do prohibit lending of the product. However, breach of contract is not "breaking the law". Also, there is no breach of contract without damages. Beyond that, the federal circuits are currently split regarding the first-sale doctrine as it applies to software. At this point, the thread has now become overly technical.
At worst, lending a game would be a breach of contract, if in fact the EULA is valid and enforceable and the game's publisher could prove damages. I think that would be dubious, but even if so, I do not know what church teaching is regarding breach of contract. I do not view contractual relations between parties as having a moral component. There is such a thing as efficient breach, for example, when I think it would be wrong to carry out the contract.
Also, there is the issue of unjust laws. I (and this is only my opinion) think that while a Christian should generally obey the laws of the jurisdiction in which he lives, there may not be an obligation to obey an unjust law. For example, Martin Luther King Jr's disobedience of unjust laws was informed by his Christianity. Again, this is only my opinion, while I think authors of creative works are entitled to a limited monopoly for just compensation, the current system of copyright law in the United States is out of hand. Works created today are granted copyright protection for a term ending 70 years after the death of the author. If the work was a work for hire (e.g., those created by a corporation) then copyright persists for 120 years after creation or 95 years after publication, whichever is shorter. In my opinion, the original system of 28 years was ample to protect the author's interests.
Let me put that into perspective. The movie "Green Lantern" will be released later this month. Under current copyright law, it will not enter the public domain until 2106, or maybe January 1, 2107. Either way, you get the idea. My grandchildren might be dead by the time the movie is in the public domain. (my children are 6 and 3)
But, to get back to your original question about the EULA, I would be interested to know if there is any church teaching regarding breach of contract.