Example: Copyright Damages Australian Industry
Python in a Nutshell from Dymocks:
http://www.dymocks.com.au/Search/results.aspx?N=0&Ntk=All&Ntx=mode+matchallpartial&Nty=1&Ntt=python+in+a+nutshell: $69.95 + $5.50 for shipping = $75.45. “Usually ships in 5-21 days”
Python in a Nutshell from Booktopia (best price):
http://www.booktopia.com.au/python-in-a-nutshell-2-e/prod9780596100469.html: $59.36 +$6.50 postage = $64.86
Python in a Nutshell from Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Python-Nutshell-Second-OReilly/dp/0596100469/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1277948304&sr=1-1: US$26:39 + US$9.98 for shipping (single item) @$0.84 exchange rate =AUD43.30
Even with the exchange rate and shipping from the US, it is roughly $20 cheaper – or about 30%!! to buy overseas. Or looking at it the other way, it is roughly 50% more expensive to buy the book in Australia from an Australian bookstore. GST at best accounts for $4 of the difference.
This is copyright’s fault. When businesses pay too much for inputs like this, their outputs are similarly diminished. What of the inefficiencies in our productive sector for those businesses which are priced out of buying the right knowledge? US businesses only pay AUD31.42 for this book, with free shipping from Amazon – less than half what an Australian business would pay. How are we to compete in a knowledge economy with businesses which can afford to give their workers proper reference materials?
Woe be to the country for buckling to power and failing to implement the productivity commission’s recommendations on parallel importing.
See also: How Copyright Ideology Costs the Country