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Graham Burke: A Five Step Solution To Online Piracy

Even if you don’t know Graham Burke’s name, you know his work. As the co-founder of Village Roadshow, he’s directly responsible for films like The Lego Movie, Mad Max: Fury Road and Happy Feet. He’s also a strident and outspoken campaigner for the interests of copyright holders, especially when it comes to the topic of online piracy. Burke is never short of a controversial comment, and has just given a rousing and speech to the 71st Australian International Movie Convention on the Gold Coast. Here it is.

YouTube-To-MP3 Converter Site Sued By Major Record Labels

A group of major record labels — including Universal, Sony, Capitol and Warner Brothers — is suing YouTube-mp3.org, which rips audio from YouTube videos, for every single instance of piracy the site allegedly facilitated.

Popular Torrent Search Engine Shuts Down Without Explanation

The torrenting community has been tumultuous these past few weeks. First, Kickass Torrents was seized by the government after the owner’s arrest. Now, one of the largest search engines has vanished.

Warner Bros Targets Streaming Subreddit Over Piracy, Fails

You can find almost anything on Reddit — including free, pirated movies — which is why one movie studio has started to not just go after the sources of these videos, but the places that aggregate them.

Kickass Torrents Clones Are Going To Keep Appearing, Aren't They?

Yes, yes they will. If you absolutely have to get movies and books for free, make sure you’re doing it responsibly. I’ve received multiple emails since the alleged owner of Kickass Torrents (KAT) was arrested on Wednesday concerning new clones of the popular piracy website.

You'll Now Get Up To 10 Years In A UK Prison For Online Piracy

If you’re in the UK, you might want to think twice before hitting the download button on a pirated-content website in the future. The UK government’s Digital Economy Bill is now in force, increasing the maximum prison term for copyright infringement to ten years.

US Judge Says IP Address Doesn't Prove Anything In Piracy Case

What do you do if you get busted for pirating a terrible Adam Sandler movie? Deny it. That seems to be the lesson of a recently dismissed US federal case, which raises the burden of proof that copyright owner must meet in order to hold you accountable for infringement.

Chrome Bug Makes It Easy To Download Movies From Netflix

For the past decade, Hollywood’s battle against online pirates has been mainly been focused on leaked DVD screeners and illegal streaming sites. Now a pair of security researchers say that they have discovered a vulnerability in the Google Chrome browser that allows people to save illegal copies of movies from streaming sites like Netflix and Amazon Prime.

Have We Given Up The Fight For Our Digital Rights?

As Australians shift away from physical media and the concept of “owning” content, there’s less need to do battle with digital rights management (DRM). DRM and anti-copying techniques have historically treated every paying customer as a criminal. It’s a history of large corporations flexing their muscles in an effort to dictate user behaviour, even if it typically ends up failing.

Australia's 'Three-Strikes' Piracy Plan Is On Hold

Remember when copyright holders were planning a “three-strikes” scheme in Australia? You know, the one where Internet Service providers would have to send a letter each time you er, “acquired” the latest episode of Game of Thrones without paying for it? And if you got three in a year you’d be taken to court?

It was supposed to begin in September this year, but has been put on hold until April next year after the ISPs and copyright holders couldn’t reach an agreement on who would be responsible for the costs involved in administrating such a huge undertaking — which includes the letters themselves, contacting offenders and answering the anticipated influx of angry phone calls.

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