Parallel Importing and the Blurred Lines of the Digital Age: The Implications of Avoiding the Geo-Block

57 Pages Posted: 17 Jun 2020

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Toby Major

Victoria University of Wellington, Faculty of Law, Student/Alumni

Date Written: September 2, 2019

Abstract

New Zealand removed copyright law restrictions on parallel imports in order to improve the well-being of consumers by lowering the prices of and increasing access to goods. Avoiding a geo-block can achieve the same results and has been seen as the digital age equivalent. This essay assesses the accuracy of referring to the circumvention of a geo-block as a parallel import. It addresses the theoretical underpinnings of parallel import and how they are affected by the nature of digital transactions. Lastly, the paper looks at how, regardless of parallel importing, circumventing the geo-block can restore the balance to copyright law and provide benefits to both producers and consumers.

Keywords: "geo-block", "parallel importing", copyright

JEL Classification: K00

Suggested Citation

Major, Toby, Parallel Importing and the Blurred Lines of the Digital Age: The Implications of Avoiding the Geo-Block (September 2, 2019). Victoria University of Wellington Legal Research Paper No. 37/2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3628970 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3628970

Toby Major (Contact Author)

Victoria University of Wellington, Faculty of Law, Student/Alumni ( email )

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Wellington, Victoria 6140
New Zealand

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