Two events that occurred in Australia this week go a long way to helping us understand the current shape of Australian culture.

The first occurred in hundreds of venues in and around Adelaide, as the country's largest arts festival -- the Adelaide Fringe -- opened last Friday. The second occurred yesterday in the Federal Court, when by a two-to-one decision a consortium of large media companies called AFACT (the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft) had their appeal against iiNet in a long-running copyright infringement case turned down.