Australian competitive workers criticizes dvd regional code

It is examined whether the prices of DVDs are manipulated with the region code

The film industry is known to have its own ideas, as the world is split and wherever the important limits are. In addition to the cracked Content Scrambling System (CSS) with which the production of (robbery) copies is to be prevented, there are still the DVDs still like the regional code by the Regional Playback Control System (RPC), which should control the spread territorial. Then, for example, Sudamerika and Australia, Europe, Japan, Sudafrika and the Middle East, Africa and Eastern Europe together. China has the region 6 alone. Since you probably expect in the future rough profits. The DVD players and DVD drives sold since the beginning of 2000 must check this regional code. If the player’s region does not match the above-DVD, the video can not be played.

As the reason for this restriction of the buyers, the film industry indicates that by the region code a movie should not be playable on DVD, as long as he still runs in the cinema. Another reason was certainly that the national and international exploitation rights are not always in the same rental. And then you can also achieve different prices through regionalization.

At least this is the suspicion that the ACCC’s Australian competitive work is against the regional code. Yesterday she has pointed out Australian consumers that they should pay attention to the regional code when buying a DVD player, because this would have the possibility to play imported DVDs: "These restrictions are imposed by a group of multinational film companies and are not funded by existing differences in TV formats such as PAL, NTSC and SECAM."

The chairman of the competition workers, Professor Allan Rock, streamlined that many of the buyers of DVDs and a player of this restriction do not know anything. So you do not connect DVDs purchased in Australia on a player that someone has acquired in another DVD region, or no DVDs purchased abroad on an Australian player. The Copyright Act of 1968 forbidden the Australian handlers to import DVD videos to resale, but the burgers can ever buy DVDs and devices where they want. The problem also concerns those who have downloaded DVDs from the Internet for a fee.

The ACCC can not proceed against the regional code directly. The allegation is therefore that the regional code has been introduced an artificial restriction of the market: "The ACCC is currently examining whether Australian consumers of high prices for DVDs pay for the copyright owners such as film companies to prevent competition by restricting imports from countries where the same videos are sold cheaper."