No Support for DVD Price Discrimination

Provided by: Australian Copyright Council
Topic: Software
Format: PDF
This article informs that film production companies cannot use copyright law to charge DVD rental businesses higher prices for DVDs than they charge consumers. This was the effect of the Federal Court's decision in an action brought by the Australian Video Retailers Association against Warner Home Video. The principal issue in the case was whether rental of video DVDs infringed copyright in computer programs embodied in the DVDs, as the Copyright Act confers on owners of copyright in computer programs the exclusive right of rental.

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