Video cassette distribution

The Competition Bureau received a complaint from representatives of a distributor of video cassettes and other media products alleging that certain motion picture studios have in place in Canada sales policies which are contrary to the conspiracy, price discrimination, promotional advertising and price maintenance provisions of sections 45, 50, 51 and 61, respectively, of the Competition Act.

None of the information supplied by the applicants, or obtained from other sources during the course of the inquiry, supported any of the allegations against the studios, with the following exception.  The basis for the allegations against one studio were supported by selected documents obtained by the distributor during a legal proceeding against the studio. However, representatives of the studio were able to provide the Bureau with plausible explanations for the documentary evidence, which did not involve violations of the Act.

The issue was resolved on March 31, 2000.

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