Submission to House Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Communications inquiry into IT Pricing

Suzor, Nicolas P. & Dootson, Paula (2013) Submission to House Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Communications inquiry into IT Pricing. House of Representatives Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Communications.

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The strategies of price discrimination engaged in by a number of international publishers, coupled with a lack of competition and restrictions on the ability of consumers to engage in arbitrage, is likely to undermine the legitimacy of copyright law in Australia. By increasing prices beyond a reasonable and fair level, these strategies also undermine the goal of copyright law to enhance access to cultural goods. Enhancing access – and therefore lowering prices – is crucial to enhancing Australia's innovative capacity and the ability of Australians to experience, learn, act, and grow through cultural works.

We recommend that the committee investigates the following options:

  1. Repeal parallel importation restrictions;

  2. Fundamentally reconsider the operation of anti-circumvention law in the context of digital distribution models;

  3. Prohibit and render unenforceable contractual restrictions on parallel importation;

  4. Introduce a right of digital resale in Australia.

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ID Code: 58818
Item Type: Report
Refereed: No
Keywords: copyright, consumers, infringing, behaviour, legitimacy
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Intellectual Property Law (180115)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Nicolas Suzor.
Deposited On: 02 Apr 2013 07:08
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2014 19:02

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