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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.
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.
Everyone’s listening, but few are buying. karljonsson

Streaming may suffocate the music industry – or save it

Taylor Swift’s announcement that she was removing her music from the Spotify music service started a debate about the future of music. Swift argued that artists were not receiving appropriate compensation…
Copyright is changing. Some are yet to catch on. eddiedangerous

MPs have missed the mark in attacking copyright reform

The House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee set out some fairly strong views last week about how its members think the UK should approach copyright reform. I have an interest to declare in…
Illegal downloading has become a free-for-all. Josh Russell

Online pirates may be willing to pay - if the price is right

Data released by Ofcom yesterday show that internet users who illegally download films, music or games actually spend more money on legal downloads than those who always play by the rules. Online piracy…
News Ltd chief Kim Williams took aim at ISPs and the NBN over illegal downloads, but new copyright laws are not the answer. AAP

New copyright laws are not the answer to illegal downloads

Earlier this week, Kim Williams, CEO of News Limited, spoke at the Australian International Movie Convention on the Gold Coast and called for new copyright laws to better protect digital property rights…

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