Washington, DC — The D.c.
Council on Tuesday voted to delay the implementation of a new rule intended to ensure that residents can buy and rent DVDs from their local video rental shops.
The council voted to send the rule to the D.
Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) for approval.
“I am concerned that this rule will not be enforced, and the rules are not being followed, given the lack of enforcement,” Council Member Peter W. King said.
“We are very concerned that consumers will be unable to use their legal rights to buy and sell lawfully purchased DVDs.”
The rules are aimed at preventing the theft of legally purchased DVDs by retailers, and are set to take effect in mid-November.
D. C. has a number of laws that require video rental stores to obtain a license from the government, including a ban on “unlicensed” and “illegal” rental of video and audio content.
In January, D. c. passed a new video rental law that prohibits video rental outlets from selling any film other than those that are owned by the person renting the video, and requires that they also have a physical location to sell DVDs and other video content.
The new rules are being challenged by a coalition of local retailers that say they will be forced to close businesses, and have been pushing to have the new law implemented by January.