FC: Does DVD region coding violate European laws?

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Sat Nov 02 2002 - 09:27:24 PST

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    From: Vance Kochenderfer <vkochendat_private>
    Subject: Does DVD region coding violate EU laws?
    To: declanat_private
    Date: Wed, 30 Oct 2002 12:36:20 -0700 (MST)
    This may be of interest to the Politech list.  The BBC reports that the
    EU has fined Nintendo for price discrimination in different countries.  The
    next logical question is whether DVD region coding also runs afoul of the
    same law.  It would seem to if the Baltic republics gain admission to the
    EU, since they are in a different DVD region than the rest of Europe.
    Nintendo fined for price fixing
    Nintendo has been fined 149m euros (UKP92.1m) by the European Commission
    for trying to rig the computer game market.
    The fines follow a two-year probe by the commission into claims that
    Nintendo prevented distributors from selling goods from low-cost countries
    in states where prices were higher.
    Prices of Nintendo products were up to 65% higher in Germany or the
    Netherlands than in Britain.
    "Every year, millions of European families spend large amounts of money on
    video games," Competition Commissioner Mario Monti said.
    "They have the right to buy the games and consoles at the lowest price the
    market can possibly offer.
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