It should be remembered that none of these companies appeared voluntary, but had to be reminded that failure to appear was comtempt of Parlement, and that stiff fines and jail time was on the cards.
"You'll charge as much as the market can bear," said Mr Jones (MP), rejecting (Microsoft's Australia CEO) Ms Marlow's assertions that the market was highly competitive, pretty much sets the tone of the charge. Part of the defence is suggested by Apple's Mr King for digital media Mr King, who said rights holders were to blame for mark-ups that can be over 70 per cent.
Likewise, download songs cost some $2 in Australia against $1 in the USA.
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