01.Final report on IT pricing
Today, CHOICE has welcomed the recommendations of the final report from the inquiry into IT pricing by the House Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Communications.
The IT pricing inquiry has been investigating why Australian consumers are often charged more money than consumers overseas for a variety of computer, software, and gaming products.
CHOICE’s submission to the inquiry exposed differences in the Australian market of around 50% above US prices. We also made several recommendations, including a call to investigate the practice of geo-blocking.
The final report addresses many of the concerns raised by CHOICE. We are particularly pleased to see that several of the recommendations target geo-blocking. The key recommendations of the report include:
- Removing all parallel import restrictions under copyright law, giving Australians access to cheaper, genuine goods
- Reforming copyright law to give greater protection to consumers getting around geo-blocks
- Educating consumers on their rights to bypass geo-blocks, and the tools available to them
- Considering amending the law to make terms of service that enforce geo-blocking void
- Considering an outright ban on geo-blocking if other changes don’t work
While CHOICE welcomes the recommendations of the inquiry, there is still work to do. The recommendations need to be enforced to give Australians the confidence and the tools to bypass virtual walls and access legitimate, cheaper digital goods online.
This is the best way to fight international price discrimination and help Australian consumers save money.
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