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Australian IT: Restricting DVDs 'illegal'

Mar 28, 2001, 09:05 (24 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Caitlin Fitzsimmons)

[ Thanks to Terry Nelson for this link. ]

"Regional restrictions on DVDs could be an anti-competitive practice and a breach of the Trade Practices Act, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has warned."

"DVD hardware and software makers encode DVDs to play in one of six regions around the world as a means of controlling release dates and fighting piracy...."

"ACCC chairman Allan Fels said the commission was investigating whether restrictive region coding breached the Trade Practices Act." "If the manufacturers have an agreement to do that, it looks like an anti-competitive agreement breaching not only Australian law but laws in other countries," Professor Fels said."

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