Tagged With copyright

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A day and a half — or less. That's how long there is until Amazon's new show The Grand Tour comes out, streaming on Amazon Prime. When do we get it in Australia? Not for at least another couple of weeks.

Two months — or more. That's how long there is until the BBC's visually stunning Planet Earth II airs in Australia, on standard definition free-to-air TV.

I want to watch both these shows, a lot. But I can't. Unless I pirate them, or use a VPN.

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Village Roadshow will team up with Hollywood heavyweights in the Australian Federal Court to force internet service providers to block customers' access to a website that streams copyrighted movies and TV shows like Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead and Deadpool. This move is the first major test of Australia's new site-blocking laws under the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015 introduced in the middle of last year.

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Netflix's geoblocking crackdown is "doomed to fail". That's the word from Adam Turner at the SMH, who says that the streaming giant would be mad to even make a serious effort to restrict its users to only the region they signed up in or are currently located within geographically.

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Video: Trademark law can be a tricky thing, but people normally have a good idea when they're illegally using a likeness. Wait, you do know that filming the Hollywood sign without permission can get you sued, right?

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Decrypting copyrighted materials is, according to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, an illegal act. This week, the US Library of Congress issued a set of exemptions to the DMCA's decryption ban, which many outlets, including Gizmodo, hailed as "victories" and "big wins." They're not. At best, the new rules allow people to do things they legally had the right to do all along.

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If you have ever tried scanning or photocopying a banknote, you may have found that your software — such as Adobe Photoshop, or the embedded software in the photocopier — refused to let you do so. That's because your software is secretly looking for security features such as EURion dots in the documents that you scan, and is hard-coded to refuse to let you make a copy if it finds them, even if your copy would have been for a lawful purpose.