Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 22nd Mar 2013 09:56 UTC
In the News If you don't live in the US, this is a pretty common source of irritation: US companies charging crazy markups on products sold in Europe, Asia, Australia, South America, and the rest of the world. The Australian government has had enough of this practice, and started an inquiry into the matter. Yesterday (or today? Timezones confuse me) Apple, Microsoft, and Adobe had to answer questions in a public hearing.
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RE: Comment by static666
by Spiron on Fri 22nd Mar 2013 18:00 UTC in reply to "Comment by static666"
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As an Australian citizen I take offence to your implication that we're a developing economy. While I'm not schooled in economics I can say that Australia is most definitely a DEVELOPED economy which if I remember correctly managed to emerge better from the GFC that either the USA or Europe.

As to your second point about the government, a fair amount of departments are currently using or are looking at using open source software. This problem effects our private citizens who, despite the complete parity of the dollars, can't get the exact same piece of software for anywhere near the same price as a US citizen. And while you would expect some higher costs for both tax and support reasons that simply doesn't add up to a 75% increase in the price of the software.

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