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Australia – House Of Representatives Standing Committee – Inquiry Into IT Pricing.

16 October, 2012

 

Legal News & Analysis – Asia Pacific – Australia – TMT

  

In undertaking its inquiry into IT Pricing, the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Communications (the Committee) is considering whether Australians pay more for IT software and hardware than consumers in overseas markets and, if so, why.
 
Specifically, the Committee will inquire into and report on:
 
  • whether a difference in prices exists between IT hardware and software products, including computer games and consoles,
  • e-books and music and videos sold in Australia over the internet or in retail outlets as compared to markets in the US, UK and the Asia-Pacific;
  • establish what those differences are;
  • determine why those differences exist;
  • establish what the impacts of these differences might be on Australian businesses, governments and households; and
  • determine what actions might be taken to help address any differences that operate to the disadvantage of Australian consumers.
 
A public hearing was held in Canberra on 5 October 2012, where the Committee heard from the Australian Recording Industry Association regarding costs and other impacts on Australian artists arising from copyright infringement.
 
Committee Chair, Mr Nick Champion MP said “The inquiry into IT price discrimination has generated a great deal of interest, judging by submissions and also by community responses on social media like twitter”.
 
To view the inquiry website for more information click here.
 
To view the transcript of the public hearing on 5 October 2012 click here.

 

 

For further information, please contact:

 

Gordon Hughes, Partner, Ashurst

[email protected] 

 

 

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