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ASIO, while demanding data retention, isn’t using existing powers

ASIO wants a data retention regime — but there already exists a power for data retention for three months that it doesn’t bother using.

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Metadata and content: a distinction without difference

Anyone still pushing the angle that stuff called “metadata” is less revealing than stuff called “content” is either a fool or a liar, writes Stilgherrian.

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Government flags copyright crackdown to overturn iiNet decision

The government wants to make it easier for the copyright industry to sue ISPs and force them to censor the internet, according to a draft paper about to be circulated.

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Crikey Clarifier: data retention — what it is and why it’s bad

It’s time to clarify what data retention is and the nature of the threat it poses to citizens.

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Graham Burke — unsafe at any download speed

The priceless examples of copyright industry stupidity keep rolling out as the government prepares for its war on filesharing.

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Razer’s Class Warfare: Murdoch’s capitalist failure drives us to download

Let’s really put an end to the age of entitlement and make media barons accountable for their business failures, rather than legislating their right to steal our right to choice.

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Wireless world: telcos invest as we become more mobile

Telstra has announced a massive investment in wireless technology for customers today. Telcos are thinking ahead to a more wireless world.

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Could Telstra and Optus dominate the NBN? iiNet snub a spanner

ISP iiNet has refused to sign up to NBN Co’s wholesale agreement. Is this a major stumbling block, or a chance for Telstra and Optus to earn big?

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Tech in ’12: take nothing for granted online

In 2012, Big Copyright suffered several setbacks. And Big Data ramped up its efforts. Our technology expert looks back and forward at the world online.

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Policing the high seas of internet piracy

Crikey readers have their say.

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iiNet decision not the end of the story

At first glance, this morning’s High Court decision re Roadshow films & Ord v iiNet Limited looks like a classic case of David v a very formidable Goliath in the shape of the major Hollywood studios.

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AFACT’s appeal against iiNet decision dismissed

Internet service provider iiNet just won its long-running legal battle against the massed forces of Hollywood, but there’s some gotchas buried in the High Court decision.

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NBN retail pricing neither a bargain nor an extravagance

With the National Broadband Network retail pricing announced by iiNet yesterday, it becomes clear that claiming the NBN is too expensive, a bargain, or little-bear just right for the punters is a tad premature.

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The copyright industry’s war on filesharing: outsourced and ineffectual

The copyright industry has changed tactics in its war on filesharing but it’s still not working, even as it hits legitimate internet users.

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AFACT versus iiNet appeal decision resolves nothing

Perhaps it’s time the movie industry paid attention to what happened with the music industry.

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A question of red tape: iiNet and the Fringe dwellers of arts

While small arts companies struggle with red tape, the big end of town wants more regulation. The juxtaposition will shape future arts policy.

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The cultural revolution was online in 2010

The most important arts and “cultural” events of 2010 happened online, writes Ben Eltham, in his final My Cup of Tea column for the year.

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IP industry’s border control measures makes for scary stuff

An innovative society cannot be nurtured if the IP corporations holding monopoly rights are allowed to determine the economic and trade rules, circumvent courts and define constraints on civil liberties, says Anna George.

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Australia’s internet: not neutral, not cheap, not very good

Net neutrality” is a hot issue in the States, where folks don’t want their access to online content limited or influenced by ISPs. But Aussies needn’t worry their pretty little heads about it: our internet hasn’t been neutral for years.

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Conroy tells movie industry, ISPs to kiss and make up

After last week’s Federal Court win for internet service provider iiNet, the movie industry was looking to the government to help them out. But the government has told it to sort out its own problems.

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iiNet decision a slapdown for AFACT, movie industry

After yesterday’s Federal Court decision clearing iiNet of responsibility for copyright infringement by their customers, the Australian Federation Against Copyright theft is considering its next steps.

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iiNet decision: time for film industry to face the music

The film industry has not woken up to the fact that their business model is no longer valid, despite the latest iiNet legal win.

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Tech Dirt | COMPANIES|

iiNet and why ISPs can’t be content cops

Yesterday’s big win by internet service provider iiNet — clearing the company of responsibility for its users’ illegal online downloading — outlined exactly why ISPs can’t easily or effectively police their customers’ activities, explains Techdirt.

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iiTrial: ISPs not responsible for users’ copyright infringement

A landmark ruling in Australia’s Federal Court today has cleared internet service provider iiNet from responsibility for its users’ illegal file sharing.

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Why AFACT v iiNet is important

iiNet is battling AFACT over illegal sharing of copyright films, tv and music via peer-to-peer networks, and the implications will be wide reaching. Who is responsible for the content of internet traffic?

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