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    Valve breached Australian Consumer Law says ruling

    When the court case opened, in 2014, Steam didn't have any refund policy in place.
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    Re: Valve breached Australian Consumer Law says ruling

    This is as stupid as France saying google needs to erase half of internet because they said so.

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    Re: Valve breached Australian Consumer Law says ruling

    Quote Originally Posted by aniilv View Post
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    Isn't the flip side of that everyone having to know what the local laws are for the company they deal with?
    Personally I'm more in favor of the company complying with the laws of the country that their customers live in and if they don't agree with those laws don't sell to that country, seems preferable to millions of people having to learn all the different consumer laws of the businesses they buy stuff from.

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    Re: Valve breached Australian Consumer Law says ruling

    Generally in most of the world minus america we have pretty good consumer protection laws etc that steam origin uplay etc all ignore.
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    Re: Valve breached Australian Consumer Law says ruling

    Quote Originally Posted by Corky34 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by aniilv View Post
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    Isn't the flip side of that everyone having to know what the local laws are for the company they deal with?
    Personally I'm more in favor of the company complying with the laws of the country that their customers live in and if they don't agree with those laws don't sell to that country, seems preferable to millions of people having to learn all the different consumer laws of the businesses they buy stuff from.
    Nah. There should be a standard created for all internet consumption, not tied to a physical country, as the internet itself is not necessarily tied to a certain landmass. IMO the internet should not be ruled by petty governments with tautological authority over a given landmass. All these rulings ever achieve is further complication and frustration for everyone concerned.

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    Re: Valve breached Australian Consumer Law says ruling

    Quote Originally Posted by Luke7 View Post
    All these rulings ever achieve is further complication and frustration for everyone concerned.
    In this case it seems like a totally logical ruling. I'm not sure which bit of it you find complicated or frustrating.

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    Re: Valve breached Australian Consumer Law says ruling

    Quote Originally Posted by Luke7 View Post
    Nah. There should be a standard created for all internet consumption, not tied to a physical country, as the internet itself is not necessarily tied to a certain landmass. IMO the internet should not be ruled by petty governments with tautological authority over a given landmass. All these rulings ever achieve is further complication and frustration for everyone concerned.
    While the idea of a standard set of rules/laws governing the internet maybe a good idea in theory i can't see every country in the world managing to agree, and even if they did it would be a mishmash of half-baked ideas trying to cover everyone and probably end up covering nothing.

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    Re: Valve breached Australian Consumer Law says ruling

    Quote Originally Posted by Luke7 View Post
    Nah. There should be a standard created for all internet consumption, not tied to a physical country, as the internet itself is not necessarily tied to a certain landmass. IMO the internet should not be ruled by petty governments with tautological authority over a given landmass. All these rulings ever achieve is further complication and frustration for everyone concerned.
    The internet is only a communications medium. The content is provided from servers that will be located on a physical landmass. The owners of that content are bound by the laws where the server is located, and may also be bound by the laws of the country or territory where that content is consumed.

    That is exactly the same as purchasing a physical product, and there is no reason why an Internet or digital purchase should be any different.
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    Re: Valve breached Australian Consumer Law says ruling

    Quote Originally Posted by peterb View Post
    The internet is only a communications medium. The content is provided from servers that will be located on a physical landmass. The owners of that content are bound by the laws where the server is located, and may also be bound by the laws of the country or territory where that content is consumed.

    That is exactly the same as purchasing a physical product, and there is no reason why an Internet or digital purchase should be any different.
    Well, there are a number of different ways of determining where a transaction legally takes place when it's done over the internet. A UK company selling goods to a UK citizen isn't exempt from UK consumer law because it's servers are in the Ukraine.

    One very strong argument is what when a company sells something on the internet, they do so based on the terms and conditions they put up, and that accepting any offer to buy is contingent on the buyer agreeing to them. If the buyer doesn't agree, the seller won't sell. And any company with an IQ above 3 specifies "jurisdiction" in those T&Cs. Of course, any company operating from Country A but with a physical operation in Country B can also be held to relevant laws of Country B.

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