How to get a free CD in Mexico?
An online tool to check whether a digital CD is eligible to be shipped in Mexico has been created to help users determine if their files will be eligible for free shipping, the AP reported.
The new tool, which is based on a U.S. law that requires foreign retailers to charge for digital media, allows consumers to check to see whether a CD is certified for free shipment and whether it comes with a “guaranteed delivery date.”
If the CD does not arrive within a certain time, the consumer can call their local store and request a refund, the report said.
The tool was created by a Mexican citizen, Jorge López, who has spent more than a decade working to make Mexico the preferred destination for digital content.
The tool is available for download at the Digital Rights Group’s website.
It’s not clear when or if the tool will be widely used.
But it is designed to help consumers find out if their digital content is eligible for shipment to Mexico, which accounts for around 90 percent of all U.s. digital content imports.
Digital goods, which include music, video, and games, are exempt from duties, taxes, and fees when they arrive in Mexico, according to the Associated Press.
Digital content can be sold in Mexico without a physical presence.
But a physical store can also charge higher prices than a digital distributor, which can mean customers will be charged more.
A new tariff was approved last year that will apply to digital content coming into the country, but it was not made public.
The AP reported that digital rights groups say the new tool could be a game-changer.
“I think it’s really important for people to know that their rights are protected,” said Jessica Lózano, a lawyer for the Digital Association of Mexico, a digital rights group.
Digital rights groups argue that the new tariff will benefit digital content producers, allowing them to sell their products more cheaply, but also provide consumers with a clearer picture of what’s going on.
Copyright laws have been a point of contention in Mexico for years.
Mexico recently passed a law that allows online distribution of copyrighted content, but the new tariffs could open the door for the country to reclassify online content as “non-traditional” and charge the same rates as traditional media.
Copyright experts said the tariffs would not affect the ability of U.-S.
companies to offer digital services, such as movies and music, but they do threaten to slow down the growth of digital services in Mexico.
“It’s going to be a very, very big problem to see how we regulate this in Mexico,” said Jennifer J. Kline, a professor at the University of California, Irvine, who studies the digital economy.