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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Not a free market
by demosthenese on Sat 23rd Mar 2013 16:44 UTC
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The biggest problem is that big businesses have successfully lobbied for laws against free movement of goods by third parties. So though you could buy a bundle of licenses from the US, it can be illegal to sell them on in another market. This applies to physical goods too.

<http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/1261829.stm>

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