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CD-WOW Fined £41 million

Ouch.

I read today that CD-WOW has been fined £41 million by the High Court for selling illegally imported cheap CDs in the UK.

CD-WOW have complained that they have not been doing anything wrong ands that plenty of other sites - including Play.com and Amazon - are doing the same thing but due to their respective sizes are being left alone.

Record Companies Win £41m Damages (BBC News Online; Tuesday 29th May 2007)

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lawbag
May. 29th, 2007 01:43 pm (UTC)
always sad to see, but if they broke/breached their contract...
willplant
May. 29th, 2007 03:55 pm (UTC)
It is strange how globalisation is entirely acceptable to big business when manufacturing their product, as it allows them to employ the cheapest labour on the planet, but when consumers exploit the fact that they charge different prices in different regions for the same product they get all upset.

Definitely a double standard, IMHO price gouging based on location. (see also Tescos and Levis etc)

I wonder how many people who would buy a CD at 6.99 from CDWOW wouldn't touch its UK equivalent at 13.99 or whatever and will just torrent it instead...?

Will
valleyman
May. 29th, 2007 04:10 pm (UTC)
And here we have NAQ the Chinese firm who now own MG Rover...will they complain when they flog british cars overthere cheaper than they sell here?
greeba
May. 29th, 2007 04:44 pm (UTC)
The whole grey imports thing really pisses me off. It's just government-sponsored globalisation. They're all made in China anyway, so why should they enforce the charging of one price over here and another somewhere else?
lareinemisere
May. 29th, 2007 11:32 pm (UTC)
>due to their respective sizes are being left alone.

Or, possibly, due to their respective sizes are being left alone until such time as a precedent has been set in a case where the defendant didn't have completely ridiculous money to spend on legal counsel...
I'm thinking about how long it took them to go after Napster, for example, or how long PartyPoker and the like got away with flouting US gambling laws before criminal charges were laid. It may yet come in this case, too.

More specifically,I'm also pretty sure I read a year or so ago that Play.com and WHSmith have had to change their procedures to be able to get away with importing via Jersey: they had to actually set up an office in Jersey. First comes the loophole, then follows the closing of the loophole. There'll probably be another one along in a bit...
snesgirl
May. 31st, 2007 02:51 pm (UTC)
uuhm...
not to pry but did you just make an entry about today's LJ frontpage news thene delete it?

I only ask as I was responding to it when lj sort of hiccuped...?
angusabranson
May. 31st, 2007 10:57 pm (UTC)
Re: uuhm...
Yeah I did. Then I thought 'why bother' and deleted it.
snesgirl
Jun. 1st, 2007 11:55 am (UTC)
Re: uuhm...
aha.I see. thanks for clarifying.
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