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Jun 18, 2014

The copyright industry sends forth a skeleton army to fight piracy

The copyright industry continues to mislead about the impact of piracy -- and the way to stop isn't copyright crackdowns but giving consumers what they want, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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  1. SusieQ

    Good one. How many times do we have to read these sorts of articles before anyone gets it??

  2. Matt McLeod

    Foxtel Play is $50/month if you want the package that includes HBO shows. They discounted it by $15 for the period while Game of Thrones was on.

    The other catch is that Foxtel Play doesn’t offer HD. Which doesn’t matter for a lot of the stuff Foxtel runs, but paying even $35/mo for Game of Thrones in standard def is pretty unreasonable.

  3. Draco Houston

    All these creative industries need to go ask the video game industry what they did. They went through every phase of grief for their old business model and now online digital distribution is a huge business. They tried complaining, lawyering up, cramming products full of DRM rootkits. Eventually they figured out people pay for your product if you don’t make it so damn hard. In the darkest days of video game piracy panic my dad would download no-cd cracks for games he bought physical copies of it the store. Pirates simply got the better product. You couldn’t even pay for the kind of convenience and service you got from a bit torrent site.

    Publishers are now dusting off the back catalogues of games they haven’t bothered printing in years and releasing updated versions via these online stores. Some publishers realized it wasn’t that hard to get such a store going internally and now don’t even rely on the new online store services like steam and GoG.

  4. Dogs breakfast

    Every day, a new benchmark in hypocrisy. One day the government, then the big banks, the big miners, and flashing down the outside is the big arts/media firms with Foxtel in the lead.

    Quite frankly, I’m betting that what Australia gives up in legitimate tax through the most egregious and unethical of tax rorting would more than cover the cost of all illegal downloading, probably 1,000 times over in any given year.

    Murdoch’s Foxtel is doomed, and having the PM eschew meetings with the world bank and IMF so he can meet with Rupert Murdoch, to be followed in a matter of days with George Brandis moaning about those poor multi-national tax-avoiding corporate goliaths, is not a good look.

    Did Rupert have to give you written instruction Tony, or were you able to remember them all by yourself?

    The Australian consumer is being ripped off, not the corporates. Die you coporate zombie-bastards, die already.

  5. Stuart Coyle

    Home taping will kill music!!

    We have heard it all before.

  6. AR

    To paraphrase Alfie – “Some people just like to watch the CD burn..”

  7. Graeski

    Aha! I’ve just had an epiphany!

    George Brandis, Joe Hockey, Tony Abbott et al aren’t real human beings – they’re polibots! Their mouths open and shut on command from big business – sort of like ventriloquists’ dummies. Or maybe they’re like the fembots in Austen Powers – except they spray bullshit rather than bullets.

    Hmmmm. I’ll have to think this through. It might explain a fair bit. Like, why would you care about global warming if you’re a polibot? …

  8. DJS

    I hate to be a naysayer but….

    In many respects, I agree with you all about the control and greed of the production and distibution industry. But it’s their product. If any of you out there were producing highly sought after, patented widgets and you decided that that the way you wanted to sell them was through your own retail outlets in Uzbekistan because that best suited your concept of the right business model, you’d be mighty cranky if someone started reproducing them in Australia. You wouldn’t be nodding your head understandingly, agreeing with the idea that the public couldn’t get them when and where they wanted them, at a price they wanted to pay for them, so it’s justifiable for them to get it through a pirate manufacturer.

    Movie and music makers make a product that they own and they have the right to sell it to whomever, whenever, wherever, and at what price they want. I’m no innocent abroad here but I’ve no doubt that pirating movies and music is stealing them. It’s only since the advent of the internet, where instant gratification is being taken to ever faster levels, has the morality on such things so dramatically shifted. We’re increasingly used to being able to find what we want online that the merest delays have the capacity to make us unreasonably irritated. And so it has become with music and movies. We know they’re accessible and we’ll truck no impediments to getting them.

    Pre-internet, not one of us would have accepted copying of books for sale. There is something about the extended physical effort of such an undertaking that would have made it almost grotesque to support. But because we can effortlessly type a few characters on a keyboard, and click a mouse button a few times, we don’t feel the physical violation of another person’s rights. A digital file cannot be touched so it can’t possibly hurt.

    There is a kind of herd mentality out there in relation to the justifications people have for taking something to which they have no right. Be frustrated, annoyed….whatever, about not having access to something you’d like to have. But those emotions don’t give anyone the right to take it from the person who owns that thing if that person doesn’t want to give it to you. They don’t have to justify why they’re not giving it to you, just like you wouldn’t have to justify not giving or selling someone your widgets.

  9. Chris Hartwell

    When I become Dictator For Life of Australia, one of the first policies enacted shall be the Proof Required Act. In essence, any Member (I intend to continue Parliament – they simply won’t be able to block or force things, only debate – iron fist in a velvet glove and all that) who makes an assertion will be required to demonstrate third-party proof from a credible source. Any Member failing to do so will be ejected for a period of 72 hours.

    Evidence shall be King.

  10. Bill Hilliger

    Just like most Australian based American companies love to, and transfer profits to minimise tax, and if the opportunity presents, socialise losses through tax: e.g. news corpse we Aussies sheeples also like to get a freebie. As to whether the often stated and quantified 6000, 8000 jobs cost, etc. Who knows, and who would believe it? We Aussie file sharing and downloading sheeples say to the job costs: well, they would say that, wouldn’t they. Those kind of remarks are from the same phrase book used for increases in the minimum wage or plain packaging cigarettes and tobacco. As for poor ol’ Loopert, don’t worry Tony and George will look after you. Tony and George don’t like us the ol’ common variety Aussie sheeples.