Breathnach, Proinnsias (Dublin) wrote:
>> Actually - to be fair, it's nothing to do with the single market ... rather
> to do with CDWow importing "illegal" cds, those the copyright holders (in
> .ie IMRO and in .uk BPI) haven't allowed that particular version to be sold
The root of the issue is that Trademarks and Copyrights have been extended
(by stealth in most cases) from controlling production to controlling
distribution. This is not a case of someone making illegal copies, but
of reselling legal copies against the will of the copyright / trademark
holders, because they want to segment the marked to maximise profits.
Unfortunately, the induh-viduals who made up this EU directive decided
that it was fine if copyright / trademark holders could price-gouge
european consumers, provided they did the gouging in a consistant way
across the EU. Gotta love the single market :)
End result, european customers get to pay more than anyone else. It's kinda
like market protectionism by import duties, except worse, since the companies
can keep the markup.
> CDWow are not based in .eu ... rather in .hk ... so things are a little
> beyond European competition. Tesco lost a similar case trying to import
> Levis from (IIRC) Africa
Yep. Next thing you'll have to license your levis for a specific purpose,
once they extend copyrights / trademarks to restrict usage too. Which is
starting to happen in music.
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