Australian legislators are asking why downloads and other digital goods cost more in Australia than other countries. In the world’s sixth-largest music market, consumers pay between $21.45 (US $22.53) and $21.90 (US $23.00) for a download of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way,” according to an Australian government submission. The album currently costs $7.99 for the regular version and $15.99 for the deluxe version at iTunes U.S.
The Australasian Performing Rights Association (APRA) and Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS) have argued their licensing fees are not the reason Australians pay more than most other countries. “Our license fee… is the same or around about the same as it is in overseas territories,” said Richard Mallett, APRA and AMCOS director of revenue, during a hearing. “There are a range of differences why the prices could be different, but I don’t know why they are.”
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