Jun 22, 2015

Labor caught out on dodgy piracy data

Piracy was supposed to cost our creative industries 6000 jobs a year. But employment in movie sector has been growing steadily for two decades.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

This week the government’s internet censorship bill will be debated in the Senate. It’s being referred to as the “site-blocking” bill, but let’s call it what it is — a mechanism whereby some of the world’s biggest companies can force your ISP to block your access to sites they don’t like, including, potentially, encryption and VPN sites.

The bill is another bipartisan attack on the internet from the Coalition and Labor, the parties that brought you mass surveillance earlier this year, done at the behest of the copyright industry, which is a generous donor to both sides and particularly to the Coalition. In addition to their cash, the big parties are happy to also use the copyright industry’s arguments in favour of internet censorship.

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5 thoughts on “Labor caught out on dodgy piracy data

  1. Limited News

    Foreign governments and companies might want to block publication of their “copyrighted” works on Wikileaks.

    Scientologists will be able to block websites which publish L. Ron Hubbard’s kooky religious texts.

    One aspect of the blocking injunctions I haven’t seen discussed is that the Federal Court often makes “superinjunctions” to suppress the very existence of an injunction, especially the Federal Court in Melbourne.

    Under the Bill, copyright holders would be able to “pick on” specific ISPs. An ISP which has a blocking injunction imposed on them will seek to keep the blocking secret, because otherwise their customers will switch to another ISP! And the copyright holder is going to want to keep the blocking secret too.

    So everyone in the courtroom will agree to secret censorship of the internet!

    Well done Labor! Well done Tories!

  2. Laurie Patton

    What’s more there’s no serious evidence that “site blocking” eliminates, or even significantly curtails, “piracy”. We have recently had Netflix, Presto and Stan enter the market to provide much of the previously unavailable or hard to access content that was allegedly being downloaded unlawfully. Not to mention the ‘three strikes’ warning code about to be introduced. Surely it would make sense to see if those two initiatives have the desired effect before adopting the site blocking sledgehammer?

  3. zut alors

    Let’s keep an open mind on the future of communication. By the time sluggish governments begin to get a grasp on modern concepts (such as phones & the internet) & pass legislation to control & effectively cripple them, an innovative person/s may come up with something better.

  4. Norman Hanscombe

    Your saying the politicians “love to echo” certainly has a humorous tinge, coming as it does from your media entity which is a constant echo of material it has already run on numerous previous occasions.

  5. AR

    It is true irony that, with all the other appalling abuses of our civil rights, from bop the stoats to metadata, it should this this tawdry shite that shows us the evil of banality.

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