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New research shows that not all illegal downloaders are created equally. Lee Nachtigal

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. But that's not to say all illegal downloaders are the same.
A pause, not a halt in legal attempts to claim money from people who illegally downloaded the movie Dallas Buyers Club, which starred Jared Leto (left) and Matthew McConaughey (right). Voltage Pictures

What now after the Dallas Buyers Club pirate claim is rejected as ‘surreal’?

The Federal Court has said no to an attempt to claim potentially thousands of dollars from people who illegally downloaded the movie Dallas Buyers Club. But the downloaders are not in the clear yet.
BitTorrent site Pirate Bay is one of those often targeted in anti-piracy legislation. Bhupinder Nayyar/Flickr

There are better ways to combat piracy than blocking websites

The government's new anti-piracy bill is not the best solution to online piracy. What really works is easily accessible and affordable legal means to acquire the latest content.
Finding those responsible for illegal downloading on BitTorrents may prove a challenge. Flickr/nrkbeta

BitTorrent and the digital fingerprints we leave behind

How easy is it to find those responsible for movie piracy using BitTorrent technology, as in the Dallas Buyers Club case. Not as easy as you might think.
Service providers will be given more responsibility when it comes to stopping illegal downloads … but will it be a deterrent? m01229/Flickr

Forced negotiations and industry codes won’t stop illegal downloads

Attorney-General George Brandis and Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced yesterday that they expect internet service providers (ISPs) to work with copyright owners to help police infringement…
Website blocking always fails – audiences will always find a way to watch Game of Thrones. Foxtel

Blocking piracy websites is bad for Australia’s digital future

Rumours are flying that the government will introduce legislation before Christmas aimed at blocking certain websites, such as The Pirate Bay and Kickass Torrents, as part of a range of efforts to reduce…
The Sapphires (2012), starring Jessica Mauboy, had attracted 123,030 illegal downloads worldwide by October 2013. APP/Dan Himbrechts

A real victim of online piracy is Australian indie cinema

Game of Thrones downloaders need not fear data retention plans, said Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull last Friday. Perhaps there is nothing for pirates to fear from Turnbull, but the Attorney-General…
House of Cards and geographical segmentation tend to get people a little hot under the collar. Foxtel

Harper’s competition review is good news for Netflix consumers

It’s been an interesting month in Australian copyright law. A couple of weeks ago, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced that the government’s proposed reforms to strengthen copyright were…
Pirates aren’t all that hard to please. Philippe Put

Who are the music pirates and what do they want?

Music piracy is a huge problem, if the music industry is to believed. But so far, very little has been done to stop it. We are, however, starting to get an idea of what motivates people to do it. If record…
Get ready to comment once Attorney-General George Brandis officially releases the Online Copyright Infringement Discussion Paper. AAP/ Alan Porritt

Brandis’ leaked anti-piracy proposal is unrealistic

The Australian Government has proposed Internet Service Providers (ISPs) monitor and punish Australians who download and infringe copyright. In a discussion paper circulated by Attorney-General George…

The end of the beginning of music piracy?

There have been four very interesting pieces of news over the past few weeks that, although apparently unconnected, are anything but. First, Apple’s third fiscal quarter sales were released earlier this…
Economic development along the coast would mean hijacked ships have nowhere to hide. EPA

Want to stop Somali piracy? Build better roads

Imagine you are a Somali pirate captain. You have hijacked a cargo ship after four weeks out at sea, 800 nautical miles from home. It will take maybe three, perhaps six, possibly 18 months to extract a…

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