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Village Roadshow's Graham Burke Is Going To Sue The Crap Out Of You

If you thought Australia passed a series of soft, toothless laws aimed at combatting piracy, you were wrong. Village Roadshow co-CEO Graham Burke has surfaced following the passage of the new laws, and he’s not kidding around: he’ll sue the crap out of you for piracy. Real talk.

Anxious Addict Or Conscious Cowboy? A New View On Illegal Downloading

Beginning about 20 years ago, the internet placed almost the entirety of human creation in an unguarded window display and said, in effect, help yourself. The public, presented with an amazing smorgasboard of content, plunged right in.

What Now, After Dallas Buyers Club's Rejected Letter?

The makers of Dallas Buyers Club have been dealt a blow in their attempt to extract payment from people alleged to have downloaded illegal copies of the movie. So what happens now?

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.

Dallas Buyers Club Has To Pay Up Before It Sends Letters To Pirates

Australia’s legal system is doing its job. The film company behind Dallas Buyers Club will have to lodge a bond of hundreds of thousands of dollars with the Federal Court before it is allowed to send letters of demand to alleged copyright infringers in Australia, in order to prevent any “speculative invoicing” and excessive requests for compensation. The letters themselves, too, are the subject of significant trouble for DBC.

News Corp Boss Slams Google, LinkedIn As Pirates (Again)

In a speech to Australia’s media elite last night, Robert Thomson slammed Google and its new parent company Alphabet, labelling them both as pirates. Piracy is a strong word these days, but it’s not piracy in the traditional sense.

Movie Studios Seek SOPA Power Through Broad Site-Blocking Order

Major movie studios are again trying to make a website they don’t like disappear without a trial. This time, the studios are asking for one court order to bind every domain name registrar, registry, hosting provider, payment processor, caching service, advertising network, social network and bulletin board — in short, the entire internet — to block and filter a site called Movietube.

GoT Pirates Take Heed: Foxtel Lines Up As The Executioner Of The Pirate Bay

Australia’s site blocking laws are live, and ever since the government handed the executioner’s axe to the rights holders, we’ve been wondering who would swing it on The Pirate Bay first? A new report points to Foxtel acting as The Pirate Bay’s executioner.

Can Telstra TV Kill Content Piracy?

What we used to call television is changing before our eyes. Last week, Telstra announced it will shortly introduce a new streaming video set top box. For a number of reasons, this is a very smart move.

America's Largest Theatre Chain Hates The Plan To Speed Up Home Releases

Earlier this month Paramount announced that it would release two upcoming films on home video and streaming just 17 days after they have been in theatres. But Regal, the US’s largest movie chain, isn’t interested in being part of its piracy-fighting experiment.

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