quote: The way things are now is like having a separate online store for each of the american states while the customer can only buy from the store that is the state his credit card was issued. It's simply ridiculous as the Union's main function has always been the formation of a broader common european market.
quote: If the answer is "yes" that ALL sellers of everything MUST sell internationally within the EU, and that the international buyer must be charged the same price as a local buyer, then I've no point and I've wasted everybody's time.
quote: Imagine that you were about to walk into a shop in California and they told you "You're from Oregon, so we refuse to let you in. Go to our shop in Oregon instead, and pay 50% extra". Perhaps that's legal in the USA. In the EU it is not.
quote: When I got to the shop in California, they'd happily sell me goods from their shop at their prices.
quote: And that is precisely what Apple is required to do. They are free to have different shops in different languages for different countries, with different prices.
quote: But even if shop A didn't ship to country X, it would still need to be accessible by citizens from country X.
quote: So you mean that if I was from France and walked into a Norway backery and told that bakery, "In France, that bagette is only 0.10 euros" that, despite having their bread priced at 0.11 euros, they'd have to sell it to me for 0.10 because that's what it was in Frace?
quote: That seems to point up a significant difference between Europeans and Americans:A European says: I can't understand this, what's wrong with me? An American says: I can't understand this, what's wrong with him?I make no suggestion that one side or other is right, but observation over many years leads me to believe it is true.
quote: Apple is free to have 100 different shops with completely different prices. But as long as those shops are doing business in the EU, they cannot discriminate between citizens of different EU countries. In other words, they must allow any EU citizen to visit any of their shops.
quote: It's simple. If I have access to a european store, in any way, physical or electronic and I'm a european citizen or anyone legally staying within the EU no one has the right to tell me I can't buy.And since I can be in one country and the technology gives me the ability to log on to any of the european stores, no company has the right to tell where I can or I cannot log on and buy whatever I like.
quote: So Apple does not agree with what we are saying. And it has nothing to do with the record labels. If that was the case the labels would try to block international orders of goods that have not officially launched in another european country. But they don't, do they?