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#1 compl3x


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Posted 14 February 2014 - 04:04

The Government hates piracy, and Attorney-General George Brandis is the man in Canberra who wants it gone from our shores. And from the looks of things, he’ll throw just about every weapon he has at the problem until it goes away, including three-strikes programs for those caught downloading content and a requirement for ISPs to potentially “take down” websites hosting infringing content. Brace yourselves: a crackdown is coming.


Speaking this morning at a Copyright Law forum in Canberra, Attorney-General George Brandis said that he’s considering a whole raft of measures to curb the runaway problem of online film and television piracy in Australia.


Brandis indicated in his speech that he’s considering taking up the charge again for a three-strikes system that sees offenders warned before action is taken against their accounts (emphasis added):


The Government will be considering possible mechanisms to provide a ‘legal incentive’ for an internet service provider to cooperate with copyright owners in preventing infringement on their systems and networks. This may include looking carefully at the merits of a scheme whereby ISPs are required to issue graduated warnings to consumers who are using websites to facilitate piracy.



Of course, this system is nothing new.


When talks were held on the potential for a “graduated” strike-based system back in 2011-12, iiNet withdrew from the talks early saying that ISPs were being forced to act as the content industry’s police force enforcing a broken system.


Another anti-piracy measure being considered by the Government is a system that would see ISPs act exactly like that proverbial police force, as the Federal Court may compel service providers to “take down” infringing websites:


Another option that some stakeholders have raised with me is to provide the Federal Court with explicit powers to provide for third party injunctions against ISPs, which will ultimately require ISPs to ‘take down’ websites hosting infringing content.

Most importantly, in framing any enforcement reforms, my preference would be to facilitate industry self-regulation, as opposed to active and continuing government regulation.



Insane leaps of logic aside, what happens if that “infringing content” is being hosted on a website like Facebook, Google or YouTube? Is the Australian government going to try and take these websites down too?


Brandis went on to say that he didn’t want to burden Australian ISPs with more regulation than necessary, but added that piracy is a problem killing our film industry, and one which must be stopped.


You can read the full speech here.





#2 GotBored


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Posted 14 February 2014 - 04:55

This will be pointless as all major websites associated with piracy aren't hosted in Australia and Australian ISP's can't do anything to take down a foreign website which hosts pirated material. Best they can do is filter them, but many other countries have already done this and it is easily circumvented via a proxy or proxy site.


I don't think its possible to stop piracy anymore, they could probably sway people away from it by releasing content same time as other places in the world or creating a digital distribution system which includes movies in the theaters because some people basically have cinemas in their own homes these days and want the convenience of being able to pause, play, fast-forward and rewind movies. Or even be able to buy and drink/eat whatever they want during that movie.. Or if they are busy or have a job which involves on-call work be able to pause the movie, take a phone-call and after either continue the movie or get some work done and continue it later.

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Posted 14 February 2014 - 13:59


piracy is a problem killing our film industry




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Posted 14 February 2014 - 14:08


#5 Jason S.

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Posted 14 February 2014 - 14:20


exactly. Movies are still making millions and setting records. What's killing the movie industry are over-budgeted movies with overpaid actors.


and, rhetorically, why do these governments think media piracy is the same as terrorism? how DARE you! you STOLE a movie that would otherwise have cost $10! stealing movies is abortion!!

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Posted 14 February 2014 - 14:29

And most of the movies are crap. You cannot blame piracy for that.

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Posted 16 February 2014 - 19:16

I wonder if lowering the price of media is one of the "raft of measures"

#8 The_Observer


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Posted 16 February 2014 - 23:46

Yes i think piracy is not helping Aus Made Movies! just like it doesnt help New Zealand made movies! ill never download any New Zealand made content! support your locals and download the rest!