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stefenyhawk on 2010-06-01PIR = parallel importation restriction. Basically, every country around the world (except a choice few like Hong Kong and New Zealand who did away with it) is a 'territory' so far as publishing is concerned. If you publish a book in Australia, you can't just ship it over to the US and sell it wholesale to the bookstores over there. No, you have to find a publisher over there who will by the licence to reproduce the book for that market.
India looks to be thinking about doing away with that. On the plus side for consumers, they'll have access to the entire Amazon e-book range - Hooray! Publishers won't be so happy, as they will lose out on royalties from selling 'local' e-books (hardcopy books will also be affected, but that's not at issue here).
Of course, it doesn't work both ways - India will still have to go through the usual channels to publish overseas. the US protects its own.
Australia debated this last year, you may remember. Woolworths and Coles were all for PIR abolition, but not really anyone else was ...