piracy

Australian Government's Leaked Anti-Piracy Proposal Is Unrealistic

The Australian Government has proposed Internet Service Providers (ISPs) monitor and punish Australians who download and infringe copyright. In a discussion paper circulated by Attorney-General George Brandis, and leaked last Friday, the government proposes a sweeping change to Australian copyright law. If implemented, it would force ISPs to take steps to prevent Australians from infringing copyright. But is it likely to help? Not really.


The Pirate Bay Is Now Mobile-Optimised, If That's Something You Want

The Pirate Bay, the infamous peer-to-peer file sharing website, has provided only the finest in illegal torrents for more than a decade, but it’s never been known for handsome mobile design. The torrent team has finally come up with a “mobile-friendly” version of its notorious website, in case you’ve ever wanted to torrent on the go.


Leaked: Australian Government Plan To Deal With Piracy

Attorney General George Brandis has been banging his head against his desk for months now trying to figure out how to stop pirates stealing content in Australia. Thanks to a leak of the government’s upcoming discussion paper on the topic, we now know what the AG plans on introducing.


This US College Is Fining Students Who Pirate Content On Its Network

Australian universities must be a great place for pirates. All that dedicated fibre backhaul makes dropping into class and torrenting your favourite shows makes learning way more appealing. One college has become sick of students stealing content, however, and has pledged to start fining students.


Why I Don't Think Piracy Is Worth It

Having been a child of the home computer boom of the early 1980s and then worked with computers for many years, I can’t help but sigh every time a new campaign to reduce piracy comes into effect.


The UK's New Anti-Piracy Scheme Is All Carrot, No Stick

The UK has tried a few different methods to stem the flow of rampant torrent downloads, from site blocking through to strike-based warning systems. None of it seems to work, so now it’s dropping the stick and using a little more carrot to get people to stop downloading, in one of the best-looking anti-piracy schemes we’ve yet seen.


World's Best Top Gear Forum Hit With DMCA Notice To Take Down Links To Episodes

If you’ve ever wanted to stream an episode of Top Gear, Top Gear Australia or Top Gear US online, you’ve probably swung by the FinalGear forums. As of last week, however, the website will no longer be linking to episodes of the world’s favourite car show following a takedown notice under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.


RIAA Bullies Tiny Music Sites That Pay Fees Instead Of Make Money

We’ve known for years that the RIAA acts like a bunch of hypocritical bullies with nothing better to do than pick on the helpless. But wow. The latest report about how the lobbying organisation is now bullying small music sites that not only have zero revenue but also pay licensing fees is just pathetic.


Pirate Survey: Channel Nine Finds Half Of Pirates Surveyed Would Pay For Content If It Was Available In Australia

It’s no secret that Channel Nine is working on a service that beats Netflix to the punch in Australia for on-demand streaming. There’s now never been a better time for Nine’s parent company to release said service, with internal survey figures showing that over 50 per cent of people who currently pirate shows would pay for them on a decent streaming on demand platform.


Google Chrome Is Blocking uTorrent Client Downloads Citing A 'Malicious' Software Issue

It might be worth holding off on updating your version of light-as-air torrent client uTorrent this week, given that Google’s Chrome browser has been instructed to block .exe downloads from uTorrent’s website following a malware warning.