December, 2016

The 2016 Crikeys: the best and worst of business

, Dec 20, 2016

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Another year, another bunch of businesses and businesspeople to live in infamy.

Village Roadshow ‘actively considering’ Dallas Buyers Club piracy case sequel

, Mar 11, 2016

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Downloaders beware: Village Roadshow is considering pursuing copyright infringers in the courts, though a similar test case by Dallas Buyers Club was unsuccessful.
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Pirates willing to pay for content: Essential

, Feb 02, 2016

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Those who illegally download content are also likely to subscribe to a paid streaming service, like Netflix.
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Govt’s piracy code next to useless, says govt’s own survey

, Jul 22, 2015

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In trying to sell its piracy legislation, the government commissioned a survey into whether it would stop piracy. Unfortunately for Malcolm Turnbull, his proposed law is not worth a hill of beans.
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Dallas Buyers Club: how the gays have been co-opted for profit

, Apr 09, 2015

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In more ways than one, the depiction of Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club reflects the greed and profiteering of the film's owners.
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Downloaders be warned: Dallas Buyers Club wants your name and address

, Apr 08, 2015

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The Federal Court has granted Dallas Buyers Club the right to order ISPs to divulge the names and addresses of people who used BitTorrent to download the 2013 film.
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Essential: no to GST on imports, and our changing TV habits

, Dec 03, 2013

Today's Essential Report shows opposition to reducing the GST threshold for goods purchased online, and looks at how we now view TV and films.
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Aaron Swartz: a martyr for info-freedom fighters?

, Jan 14, 2013

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Aaron Swartz was a hacker in every sense of the word. His death -- at just 26 -- is a tragic loss for technology's bright young things and raises questions about the fight for freedom of information on the internet.

When the Dotcom bubble burst, my (legal) Megauploads vanished

, Jan 27, 2012

@rupertmurdoch┬áNo excuses for phone hacking. No argument. No excuses either for copyright stealing, but plenty of ignorant argument! There are no excuses for copyright “stealing” — nor are there excuses for falling for the fallacy of┬áinvincible ignorance. A New Zealand judge denied bail to Kim Dotcom earlier this week, the founder of cyberlocker Megaupload. This […]

Data download: lies, damned lies and piracy reports

, Mar 07, 2011

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Illegal downloading will cost the industry over $5 billion by 2016 and "8000 fewer jobs in the core content industries last year", according to a report in Fairfax papers. But that's not telling the whole story.