The Bizarre History Of X-Ray Records And Early Music Piracy

Thanks to the internet’s amazing capacity for self-recycling, articles about Soviet pirate recordings made of X-rays pop up frequently in my feeds. These popular, widely-shared posts explain how, in the 1950s and ’60s, music fans in the Soviet Union fabricated bootlegged recordings of banned western music — and they used old X-rays to do it. In reality, the story of these records extends even further back than the USSR.

Village Roadshow Ditches Aussie Copyright Forum To Dodge 'Crazies'

Ah, Graham Burke. The co-CEO of Village Roadshow certainly knows how to put things indelicately. In an email to Communications Manager Malcolm Turnbull, the Village Roadshow CEO refused to engage in public anti-piracy discussions, citing a concern over “crazies”.

Why The Latest EFA Claims About Piracy In Australia Are Nonsense

The topic of movie piracy often lends itself to dubious claims and dubious statistics. Advocacy group Electronic Frontiers Australia has launched a site which tries to track whether movies that Australians download illegally are legally available. Unfortunately, the interpretation of the data is questionable at best and ludicrous at worst.

Why Presto's Price Cut Won't Stop Aussies Using Netflix

Foxtel’s Presto Movie Streaming Service Is Now Cheaper Than Netflix“. That was the headline from Gizmodo’s own Campbell Simpson in the wee hours of this morning. Foxtel is finally taking the fight to Netflix on price, but it still won’t get online content lovers away from Netflix and onto the Presto service. Here’s why.

Why Australians Should Back Turnbull In The Stoush Over Copyright

Attorney-General George Brandis is at loggerheads with Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull over proposed reforms to the Copyright Act. Brandis wants ISPs to take more responsibility for copyright infringement by their users. Turnbull says that they shouldn’t be required to police their subscribers’ activities. Here’s how to understand what’s at stake in the debate.

Watch PM Tony Abbott Justify Government's Data Retention Scheme

“The threat to Australia and to Australians from this is real, and growing. So this week, the government announced a series of measures that will strengthen our national security.” Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott has addressed the nation in a YouTube video called “Keeping Australia Safe And Secure”, where he justifies the government’s proposed data retention scheme.

Is Illegally Downloading A Movie Really Theft?

Unlike some, I don’t support the notion that if a movie, TV show or album is too expensive, it’s ok to download it. In the same way as it’s not ok to sneak into a cinema or a gig if I don’t like the ticket price. We’re talking about entertainment here, not a lifesaving drug which a patent owner is refusing to make. But, despite what the copyright owners’ associations would have you believe, copyright infringement by downloading for personal use is not theft and it’s not a crime. Here’s why.

Malcolm Turnbull Says Cost, Availability Are Big Factors In Australia's Piracy Problem

Malcolm Turnbull has turned his attention to the ongoing skirmish between Australia’s copyright infringing public and the corporations that hold the rights to that copyrighted content. In a post on his personal website, he postulates on the “lively debate” around copyright and spruiks the government’s Online Copyright Infringement Discussion Paper.

Australia's New Digital Content Guide Points To Your Legal Movie, TV And Gaming Download Choices

Piracy is apparently a big problem in Australia. One of the root causes for piracy is availabilty — it’s easier for anyone with a computer to illegally download files than it is to purchase them. A collaboration between Foxtel, Village Roadshow, News Corp, APRA-AMCOS and other media rights-holders in Australia wants to show you where to find the best places to quickly, easily and legitimately acquire movies, TV shows, games, music and other media.

Greens Accuse Turnbull Of Backflipping On Piracy Views

Following the release of a Discussion Paper designed to combat spiralling rates of piracy in Australia, Greens’ Senator Scott Ludlam has accused Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull of backflipping on his views relating to piracy in what is being described as a “Damascene conversion”.