Also absurd, but nothing new. You buy a bunch of DVDs in region 1, move to region 2 and they no longer work on your local DVD player. Same with Blu-rays, regions just have a different name. And, just like there are various tricks for DVDs/Blu-rays to ignore the anti-customer system, so it is true with the iTunes version. Keep a credit card from your old region, indicate that you live there, and you can still download from the old region even if you are physically located elsewhere - Apple does not screw you when you are on vacation abroad, for instance. Until the film/TV/music & book industries accept that their customers can travel and not be punished for it - these problems will continue, no matter what your media happens to be.