Recently Crikey discussed the claims of that self-appointed scourge of pirates, Village Roadshow’s elderly chairman Graham Burke, best known for being a self-confessed “tax rorter” and smoker of “funny stuff”. Well since then, Burke  -- one of Attorney-General George Brandis's aides-de-camp in the government's coming war on filesharing -- has been engaged in a kind of one-man berserker attack on Australian ISP iiNet, the company that famously took on and defeated the copyright cartel over efforts to make ISPs responsible for their customers’ filesharing. Yesterday, in responding to iiNet’s Steve Dalby, Burke went over whatever remaining tops he hasn’t yet gone over and claimed, Ralph Nader style:

"iiNet are selling a car which happens to kill people on the roads, so they should be paying towards that. It's the car that's faulty. In this instance it's the fault of the car, not the driver."

That will come as a shock to iiNet and its staff, who presumably thought they were in the carriage service business, not automobiles, and possibly to the many people who now discover they been killed by filesharing. Or maybe Burke meant filesharing of car movies … actually come to think of it, anyone pirating the Fast and Furious movies probably does deserve jail time. Although we didn’t mind Drive, either the Ryan Gosling one or the original one from the '70s, especially the bit where Ryan O'Neal trashes the Merc. ANYWAY. What caught our eye was Burke’s claims, as rendered by the good folk of CNet, that graduated response schemes (i.e. three strikes and you’re cut off the internet) had worked:

"He cited similar initiatives in France and the "gold standard" of Korea, where he said the industry went from 'literally facing extinction' to a 77 percent reduction in piracy and a 1,300 percent increase in legal digital downloads following the introduction of three strikes."