Quote: Originally Posted by mjf
As far as I am aware MS haven't had uniform global pricing for OS software for non Corporate users. In Australia we pay top $ for Windows 7. I don't believe you can purchase it from the US MS shop. I stand to be corrected.
one of the FEW things the EU (and EEU Iceland, Norway etc) are doing is to stop this type of practice which stops you sourcing your components from ANY licensed trader in the community.
A woman running a small pub in Portsmouth in the UK managed to get a ruling AGAINST SKY TV who tried to stop her showing Sat 15.00 afternnon footie in her pub using a dish and satellite sports channel package LEGALLY purchased elsewhere in the E.U.
The only legitimate controls a govt should have over this stuff are
1) no Child Pornography
2) they set the tax rate (and if you don't like their rate you chuck them out at the next set of elections).
3) illegal weapons / drugs.
Other than that you should be free to shop wherever you choose -- and if local suppliers dont get competitive with their prices -- tough.
Interesting that even the lawyers are waking up to the fact that spending hours in court on pointless court cases doesn't do them any good in the long run. The Internet genie is out of the bottle and can't be put back in it.
A recent absurd example was when Apple, SAMSUNG and HTC were having their usual "lawyers fest" and the galaxy tablet (newest one) was banned for a short period in Holland (of all places !!).
Belgian traders in Antwerp simply made up the difference and very soon the ban was dropped. !!
The Movie and TV industry needs also to wake up to the fact that you can't release a show / series / film in the US and then only let Europe and Asia have it a year later. -- It's not going to happen anymore -- whether via "Pirate Bay" or other yet to be invented delivery mechanisms. Technology is here to stay and will always outsmart lawyers etc so they need to EMBRACE it and work WITH the consumer not against them.
So what the main thrust here is that you SHOULD be able to get Windows or anything else including services from ANYWHERE that it's feasable to do so --and the Internet is a GLOBAL facility.
It works for corporates (if it didn't 75% of the Indian I.T industry would be having a terrible time if they couldn't supply non domestic markets for example !! ) so why should Consumers not have the same rights.