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H-JAPAN December 2, 2005 Dear colleagues, Since questions relating to different DVD region codes not infrequently pop up on H-Japan, I am hoping someone on the list knows something about the legality of multi-region DVD players in Japan. As someone who spent some years in Australia, I was used to there being multi-region (region-free) DVD players in the library which enabled teachers and students to watch DVDs from anywhere in the world. However, since coming to Japan, I was disappointed to learn that almost all libraries here have only Japan (region 2) locked DVD players, meaning that students are limited to what they may watch. When I suggested buying multi-region (region free) DVD players – which are available for under 9,000 Yen from http://www.fbcusa.com – for the AV library at my at my own institution, the general response was that these are 'illegal' and present 'copyright problems'. My question is: has anybody actually checked on the legality of these machines in Japan? I am aware that some universities in Japan have a DVD player or two locked to a code other then region 2 that students may use and that many other universities keep a multi-region DVD player for 'office use' – usually out of public view.'m sure that many list members would be interested to know if/why legally acquired DVD players and DVDs used for educational purposes should be legal in one country and illegal in another. *************************************** Chris Burgess (Dr) 津田塾大学国際関係学科 小平市津田町2-1-1 Tsuda College, Department of International and Cultural Studies 2-1-1 Tsuda-machi, Kodaira-shi, Tokyo 187-8577 ------------------------------------------------------------------------ You can manage your H-Japan subscription at H-Net Subscription Management Page without requiring the use of LISTSERV commands by email. Change of address operations, digest requests and temporary mail suspensions can be handles by using this page. The link to this page is: http://www2.h-net.msu.edu/lists/manage.cgi