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.
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:
Repeal parallel importation restrictions;
Fundamentally reconsider the operation of anti-circumvention law in the context of digital distribution models;
Prohibit and render unenforceable contractual restrictions on parallel importation;
Introduce a right of digital resale in Australia.
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|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:||Current > 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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