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iTunes runs into trouble in Norway

iTunes runs into trouble in Norway

Posted Jun 18, 2006 11:31 UTC (Sun) by kleptog (subscriber, #1183)
In reply to: iTunes runs into trouble in Norway by thomask
Parent article: iTunes runs into trouble in Norway

AIUI, competition law in the EU merely forbids differentiating between different coutries within Europe (the single market idea). So you can't charge someone in Finland a different price than someone in France. I don't think it has anything to say about discriminating EU vs non-EU.

Doing that would almost amount to forbidding any kind of discrimiation at all. But that's obviously silly, since you may not want to sell stuff to Africa or Asia, but you're not allowed to refuse to sell to a fellow European (for purely geographical reasons).


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iTunes runs into trouble in Norway

Posted Jun 22, 2006 7:24 UTC (Thu) by Wol (guest, #4433) [Link]

But the OP here is talking about discrimination INSIDE the EU.

As a Brit, I should be able to go to *ANY* EU web site and buy stuff off it. Here he says that doesn't work for rail tickets. I'm inclined to agree that that is a breach of the Trade Directives.

There are problems, however, like liability etc. Are your legal rights that of your state, or the state of the vendor, or what? There's VAT problems on customer sales ... (think of the booze cruisers for a very good example :-)

The Free Market is badly distorted by taxes and stuff even within the EU. Until they sort that out, it'll be hard to have free and fair intra-EU cross-border trade.

Cheers,
Wol

iTunes runs into trouble in Norway

Posted Jun 22, 2006 8:29 UTC (Thu) by kleptog (subscriber, #1183) [Link]

Maybe, but in any case I'm in Holland and I can't buy an Interrail ticket from the site mentioned either. In fact, looking at the two sites, they're not selling the same things. The RailEurope site doesn't mention Interrail at all. And the Interrail site doesn't sell Eurail passes. If he's saying that he can't buy a Eurail pass from RailEurope, then he may have a point, but that's not what he said.

As for warrenty, liability or VAT, obviously the location of the seller is what counts. That's not unreasonable, the buyer is allowed to discriminate, the seller is not. If you don't like the terms, buy from somewhere else.

The booze-cruises are simply an excellent example of the system working and buyers taking advantages of the situation. No-one is doing anything illegal and it encourages countries to get their acts together.

Norway is not in the EU...

Posted Jun 22, 2006 20:14 UTC (Thu) by alextingle (guest, #20593) [Link]

...it's only a member of EFTA. Different rules apply.


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