Killing The Australia Tax Versus Killing Piracy: Why The Government Is Between A Rock And A Hard Place

Well this is interesting, isn’t it? Yesterday, a Government-appointed panel on Competition Law just told everyone it was OK to use their VPNs to circumvent international geoblocks in order to dodge the Australia Tax. So what does this mean for a government desperate to get people to stop using VPNs to access overseas services like Netflix?

Studios Are Pressuring Netflix To Crackdown On VPN Users (That's Us, You Guys)

Getting Netflix in Australia has been pretty simple in recent years. Just fire up your VPN tunnelling service and get yourself some of that sweet streaming content. The future functionality of such a method looks in doubt today as studios work towards blocking VPNs coming from Australia to access Netflix.

Pirate Bay Founder Might Have To Carry His Dad's Coffin While In Handcuffs

Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi is the co-founder of The Pirate Bay, currently serving an eight-month prison sentence in Sweden for his work on the site. While in prison, tragedy struck his family, as an illness claimed the life of Peter’s father. As the family makes preparations for the funeral, Peter’s brother reports that the Pirate Bay co-founder may be forced to carry his father’s coffin in handcuffs.

HarperCollins Is Now Using Digital Watermarks To Stop Ebook Piracy

Pirating ebooks is a breeze. Their file sizes are so small that it usually takes all of 60 seconds between a Google search and having the book on your Kindle. Now, publishers have hit upon a solution that they hope will trip up pirates: an invisible, traceable watermark on every ebook sold.

Watch Malcolm Turnbull's Anti-Piracy Forum Right Here

A few days ago, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull chaired the government’s Copyright Forum. Industry heavyweights came together to argue about points put forward in the Attorney-General’s copyright reform discussion paper, and sparks most certainly flew. Now the Minister has put up a recording of the Forum online for those who weren’t there. Get in here and watch it.

Here's How Foxtel Wants To Punish You For Being A Pirate

Foxtel hates that you pirate stuff. According to the pay TV provider, it’s costing jobs and hurting the company’s bottom line. In its submission to the Government’s copyright consultation process, Foxtel offers a pretty clear idea of how it would like to see you suffer for pirating content illegally.

Village Roadshow: We're Rethinking Our Australian Distribution And Pricing Model Because Of Piracy

“We made one hell of a mistake with LEGO,” Graham Burke says to a packed room of copyright industry watchers. “No more”.

ICYMI: Global Tech Giants Hate Australia's Piracy Proposals

So this is awkward. Just about every Silicon Valley tech company worth noting, including Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Samsung and others, have all come together to slam Australia’s anti-piracy proposals. It isn’t pretty.

iiNet Lets Fly In Submission To Govt. Copyright Discussion

The government has recently started paying a lot more attention to copyright infringement — specifically the downloading of music, movies, TV shows and related content via torrents, Usenet and other sources. Its most recent move was to release a discussion paper on the topic, along with a request for suggestions and feedback. Service provider iiNet has used the opportunity to set the record straight on a number of “facts” wielded by rights holders.

New Foxtel Pricing: Subscription TV Finally Gets Cheaper, Better For Binge Watching

You can’t compete with free when it comes to content. Aussies have already shown that they’re prepared to steal it before they’ll pay too much for it. In a bid to shift the tide, Foxtel is finally making its pay TV packages cheaper.

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