piracy

Aussie ISPs Receptive To Blocking Scheme For Copyright Infringers: Report

The policing of movie, game and music piracy in Australia has always been a hot topic. Inevitably, the companies that are losing out on the whole torrenting business are keen for ISPs to take responsibility by throttling speeds or even cutting off customers outright. Until now, those threats have gone — for the most part — nowhere, but a recent report suggests service providers are open to blocking users who connect to suspect websites.


This Is How Hollywood Wants The Government To Fight Piracy In Australia

Crikey got hold of a response paper from Hollywood studios to the government’s proposed crackdown on copyright infringement. It’s not exactly a surprising paper, except that it’s surprisingly aggressive.


Here’s Who Will Be On Malcolm Turnbull’s Copyright Infringement Forum Panel (And How You Can Watch It Live)

The Copyright forum might not be beloved of certain industry CEOs, but it’s going ahead anyway, and will be streamed online for those unable to attend.


Rantmodo: Village Roadshow's Open Letter, Doctor Who's Open Showing And Closed Doors For Fast Movie Pirates

The issues surrounding online copyright infringement aren’t going to go away any time soon, but the arguments around access, positive PR spin and punishment continue to circle around in depressingly repetitive patterns. Over the weekend, three different stories illustrated these factors neatly.


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 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.


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