Is It Illegal To Order A Movie From Overseas?
from the unclear dept
Earlier this week, we had the story of Miramax sending out threatening letters to a movie review site that simply linked to a site that used to sell movies that had been released in Asia, but not in the US. So, now, Wired News is exploring the tricky legal question of whether or not you’re allowed to buy foreign DVDs of movies not released in the US. The conclusion is that you can probably buy a single copy for personal use. Maybe. You can’t, however, sell it anywhere. So, if you go into a store, and they offer films (or, I imagine, music) that were released for sale outside of this country, it could be illegal to buy them. Apparently, despite having this nice global economy we’re all supposed to be a part of, intellectual property law still means you could be breaking the law if you are buying and selling products not from this country.