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Australian Government Moving Forward With Anti-Piracy Mandate For ISPs 128

Posted by timothy
from the sniff-it-sniff-all-of-it dept.
angry tapir (1463043) writes Australia is moving closer to a regime under which ISPs will be forced to block access to websites whose "dominant purpose" is to facilitate copyright violations. A secret government discussion paper (PDF) has been leaked and proposes a system of website blocking and expanded liability for ISPs when it comes to "reasonable steps that can be taken ... to discourage or reduce online copyright infringement."
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Australian Government Moving Forward With Anti-Piracy Mandate For ISPs

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    Spineless citizenry deserves an oppressive government. Don't worry they'll keep you safe in your digital cage.

    • by NoNonAlphaCharsHere (2201864) on Saturday July 26, 2014 @12:19AM (#47536937)
      Good thing the government took their guns away first.
      • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 26, 2014 @01:10AM (#47537051)

        Good thing the government took their guns away first

        Like all the gun-totin' cowboys in the US of A have made a difference.

        Your corporates have stolen your economic future and sold it to themselves, your governement is all over you like a rash, your brothers, sisters, sons and daughters are sent to fake wars just to siphon a few trillion taxpayer dollars to corrupt military contractors, Every so-called security agency spies and blackmails you NSA, FBI, TSA, Police, Whatever, they're all out of your control. Lobbyists buy politicians to bring in SOPA/CISPA or whatever you're calling it this month etc etc,..

        ...and how many shots have you fired to defend your liberty?

        Thing is, all you chubby gun nuts spouting the second amendment and claiming you needed automatic weapons to protect yourselves from government abuses have just proved you're all intestine and no fortitude.

        Weak.

        • by Ol Olsoc (1175323)

          Thing is, all you chubby gun nuts spouting the second amendment and claiming you needed automatic weapons to protect yourselves from government abuses have just proved you're all intestine and no fortitude.

          Weak.

          Ammosexuals, the lot of 'em.

      • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

        by Opportunist (166417)

        Now why would that matter? Seriously. Why would it?

        If you planned to overthrow government with armed forces, I somehow don't think "gee, I'm not allowed to have a gun, let's forget about it" is the train of thought you'd follow...

    • by Panoptes (1041206)
      It's good to see that the spirit of Sir Les Patterson lives on. Looks like Ozzy politicians are even more short-sighted and dumber than the sorry bunch of venal no-hopers currently running Westminster.
      • by whoever57 (658626)

        Looks like Ozzy politicians are even more short-sighted and dumber than the sorry bunch of venal no-hopers currently running Westminster.

        I wouldn't be too sure of that: Tory MP says astrology is good for the health [telegraph.co.uk] "David Tredinnick, a member of Commons committees on health and science, says Britain should look to the stars to improve the nation's health"

        • I can only agree. Swindling idiots out of their money is easy work with little stress and guaranteed to not result in burn out.

    • Spineless citizenry deserves an oppressive government.

      Well, then most of my fellow citizens in the US definitely deserve the oppressive government we have. But what about the ones who are actually trying to change things? The problem is, you often get stuck with the government that other people deserve.

    • Note that this is yet another supposedly freedom loving conservative government doing this. I hope their voters eventually wake up to the simple fact they do the OPPOSITE of what they claim to represent.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    They are going to block google search and youtube? The two largest offenders..

  • by hozozco (856621)

    As an Australian, my biggest objection to this is the huge waste of money to set this up, maintain it and enforce it.

    Personally, I've got a $4.00 per month VPN. Let's see, what country shall my computer be in today... :-)

    • by johanw (1001493)

      "As an Australian, my biggest objection to this is the huge waste of money to set this up, maintain it and enforce it."

      And the amount of money to a\work around it. Like in France, where people are massively shifting to VPN.

      • The NSA spends a lot of time and money "Defending America" by spying on everyone. But if the Copyright cartels drive everyone to use VPN's and crypto it will directly undermine all that hard work and money spent. As a matter of national security, the government of the USA needs to block the copyright enforcers from this path.
  • "Tackling Piracy" is the cover story, but it's just for the government to grab control of the free internet. A little bit at the time, they come up with reasons to censor this, ban that, people too stupid to see what is happening. Until one day, you have nothing left of the internet as we know it today.

  • by gTsiros (205624)

    Did anyone notice that *they* used the correct term "copyright infringement" while the story submitter used the incorrect term "piracy" ? It's usually the opposite happening.

    • What's incorrect about the term "piracy"? Its been used to refer to copyright infringement for hundreds of years.

      • by Anonymous Coward

        Publishers often refer to copying they don't approve of as “piracy.” In this way, they imply that it is ethically equivalent to attacking ships on the high seas, kidnapping and murdering the people on them. Based on such propaganda, they have procured laws in most of the world to forbid copying in most (or sometimes all) circumstances. (They are still pressuring to make these prohibitions more complete.)

        The fact that it's been in lexicon for all this time doesn't make the implicit allegations an

    • Correct, incorrect... language changes. Better to reclaim the word as a symbol of pride, as The Pirate Bay does.

      I've given up most hope of ever reclaiming 'hacker' now, though.

  • ...let alone packets.

  • and as the Australian Government is little more than a puppet of corporate Australia, eliminating competition is easy.
  • by donak (609594) on Sunday July 27, 2014 @11:46AM (#47543751) Journal

    Last time, the then Labor government insisted that the two biggest ISPs put blocks in place, even though the legislation didn't get through the parliament.
    The end result: amongst others, a school tuck-shop (canteen) got blocked. Those nefarious parents were maliciously placing orders for kids lunches online!

    And, less than a day after it started, school kids could tell you how to bypass the blocks.

    I've never pirated a movie, for the lack of bandwidth, and the lack of desire. I've never pirated music ... much the same reasons.
    I've got a 30GB a month ADSL2+ connection, and better things to do with it.

    But I resent the huge amount of bullshit that governments and movie and music companies put out about piracy, to the point where I won't even buy discs of either until they fall off the "peak interest" of being the latest thing out. When it's cheap, I'll think about buying it.

    A lot of the time I won't buy it even then as a direct result of the crap that they all spout.

  • by CanEHdian (1098955) on Sunday July 27, 2014 @01:06PM (#47544251)

    Australia is obliged under its free trade agreements with the United States, Singapore and Korea (not yet ratified) to provide a legal incentive to ISPs to cooperate with rights holders to prevent infringement on their systems and networks.

    And, ladies and gentlement, there you have it. Again. Completely bypassing the democratic process, FTA's trump national legislation. And anyone that thinks that Singapore and Korea are actually the ones pressing Australia to ramp up their pro-copyright industry efforts is naive. It's just a little smokescreen. So Who's Your Daddy?!! Good ole Uncle Sam (MPAA/RIAA/USTR) is. Bend over, and take it like a man Aussies!

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