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Pirating on the Internet in Australia

Pirating in Australia is alive and well - up until now that is!

In a 'first' for Australia a decision has been handed down that ISPs must disclose the Names of Addresses of over 4000 Australians who used BitTorrent to obtain illegall copies of the movie Dallas Buyers Club !

I have read the Judges ruling and he appears to be quite harsh on the claimants (Dallas Buyers Club LLC ) forcing them to get prior approval from him for any 'letters' that they intend sending to the so-called Pirates! This is to stop the "Speculative Invoices" strategy which the owners have used in other Countries to 'recoup' losses.

I'm sure this case has not reached it's conclusion as the ISPs having options to appeal the decision. I'm no expert but I have read many articles on this practice of using BitTorrent and seemingly there are many ways to circumvent using your own IP address!

Strangely enough the Australian Government and ISPs are seperately expecting to impliment a "Three Strikes" Rule where a suspected Pirate will be given a written notice to stop Pirating before "personal" details can be released!

The floor is open for discussion ?

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cmoneyspinner wrote on April 9, 2015, 2:09 PM

Haven't followed this. But did they shut down BitTorrent? Seems like they're the culprit. Why not just make them pay for all the illegal copies they allowed to be created? I'm not a lawyer. What do I know?

Kasman wrote on April 9, 2015, 2:59 PM

As you say there are ways to hide your IP address but anyone doing so on Persona Paper (or any reputable site) would quickly find their account deleted.

agvulpes wrote on April 10, 2015, 1:39 AM

I have only read about hiding and have no inclination to do so :) I can't really see a reason to 'hide' unless you are doing something 'wrong' :)

agvulpes wrote on April 10, 2015, 1:45 AM

The same case took place in American Courts and resulted in a win for Dallas and the owner did send nasty demanding letters to the 'offenders' which is what our Judge is trying to negate!
That seems to be the 'funny' part! BitTorrent is not located in Australia so it is not governed by our Laws ( it would seem)
It appears that the government is trying to put all of the onus on to the Internet Service Providers.

allen0187 wrote on April 13, 2015, 11:21 PM

Downloading is very common nowadays and I doubt if it can be contained seriously by authorities.

Case in point the latest season of GoT. The first episode was just shown last night but I have seen as many as four episodes leaked and already avaialble for downloading

agvulpes wrote on April 14, 2015, 12:57 AM

allen0187 it would seem that they will never learn, what for the sake of about half an hour they want to get it first ?
I guess it is the same as when people queue up for the latest Apple etc. to be the 'first' ???
It's the same Apple that you would buy in a month and probably better cos the bugs have been sorted and possibly at a lower price?

GenXBlogger wrote on May 5, 2015, 8:21 AM

Public shaming in the form of showing the whole world you got a $5,000 fine for downloading The Smurfs 2 could be a good deterrent. Ha!
It's going to get harder and harder to stop people from sharing media - look at all the new rules and laws live streaming video is now bringing up. The answer might be to find a new way to monetize and worry less about sharing. Although I don't agree with pirating, just seems like an evolution could be in order.

agvulpes wrote on May 5, 2015, 10:51 PM

Yes the big companies like Sony etc. will always want their pound of flesh and there will always be 'pirates' that want something for nothing! Surely there must be a middle ground somewhere! If not the 'innocent' / 'honest' people will 'subsidise' the Pirates ?

Bensen32 wrote on May 10, 2015, 3:06 AM

I think it is a never ending battle, every time someone comes up with a way to get around it, someone comes up with a way to stop it.

agvulpes wrote on May 10, 2015, 7:14 AM

Yep I agree with you there and because the 'Owners' want/need to still make their big profits, we the 'honest' people will keep subsidising the Pirates :)

Bensen32 wrote on May 10, 2015, 3:18 PM

Yep, sadly that is one reason for the prices of everything going to high got to make up for all those things that people are stealing.

Shellyann36 wrote on July 18, 2015, 12:11 PM

So many people pirate these days. Some do it for fun and others do it to make extra cash on the side. I think that it will forever be a problem. Technology is so far more advanced than the laws of the lands. Until our laws really catch up and punishment is handed out these pirates will continue. Of course once pirates figure out one way is no longer working for them they will find other ways and once again it will be left for laws to catch up.

agvulpes wrote on July 19, 2015, 9:57 AM

Yes I totally agree with you on all counts! and who pays? We poor honest users, by paying more that we need to so that the big companies keep making their huge profits :)

Shellyann36 wrote on July 21, 2015, 12:17 AM

Very true. The big guys have to make their money.