The Anti-Piracy Site Blocking Law Is Already In Effect In Australia

With the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Act 2015 receiving royal assent, Australia joins a number of nations with a process for rights holders to block sites the infringe (or facilitate the infringement of) copyright.

Best VPN Providers: What Australians Need To Know

Not all VPNs are created equal. Some keep logs, some cap your traffic, some don’t work on mobile, some don’t work at all. This is what you need to know about choosing a VPN provider, as well as a few recommendations to get you started.

Gizmodo's Weekly Australian Internet Update

Here’s where we round up all the Aussie news around the ‘net about the ‘net, every week. Check in here for a quick primer on everything from piracy to privacy, data retention and what’s happening with the NBN.

There Are Better Ways To Combat Piracy Than Blocking Websites

The Senate passed controversial anti-piracy legislation, the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015, last night. But it’s not so clear whether the legislation will actually achieve its stated ends of reducing piracy, and it might be easily circumvented by the public.

Arguably, the media industry can do more to prevent piracy by making content more easily accessible rather than quixotic efforts to block it using legislation.

Reminder: Don't Use Hola To Beat Data Retention And Site Blocking

Hola was once regarded as a great way to get access to things like Netflix’s US catalogue or Hulu Plus. You might think about using it to get around site blocking restrictions and hide yourself from the Government’s data retention scheme. That’s a bad idea.

Here’s why you shouldn’t use Hola. Like, ever.

Why Australia's Site Blocking Law Sucks

Site blocking legislation designed to crack down on Aussie pirates passed through the Senate last night without a hitch. That’s a problem, because the whole idea of blocking sites to stop piracy is a shitty one from the word go. Here’s why.

Here's The Letter Aussie Dallas Buyers Club Pirates Are Getting In The Mail

Check your mailboxes, pirates. You might be seeing something like this in there very soon if you pirated Dallas Buyer’s Club.

It's Over: Australia's Site Blocking Anti-Piracy Bill Just Passed The Senate

Well that’s it then. Say goodbye to The Pirate Bay at the very least, Australia: our Senate just voted to enact legislation to block websites in a bid to crack down on rampant piracy.

Pirate Bay Co-Founder: Australia's Site Blocking Laws Won't Stop Piracy

Peter Sunde is the co-founder of The Pirate Bay, which means he knows a thing or two about piracy. So when he says that Australia’s site blocking proposal designed to cut down on online piracy won’t work, it’s worth listening to.

Music Industry Wins UK Court Battle Over Legality Of Backing Up CDs

Remember back in 2005, when you used to buy CDs? Maybe you still do, say, when you go out to a show to support a band. Then, like most other human beings in the modern world, you come home, copy the music to your computer, and shelve the archaic optical disk forever.