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Australia Considering P2P 'Three Strikes' Law 101

caitsith01 writes "ITNews reports that Australia's ever-unpopular Minister for Communications, Senator Stephen Conroy, has foreshadowed new action by the Australian Government to crack down on illegal file sharing under the guise of promoting the digital economy. Options apparently being considered include the controversial and previously reported French three-strikes approach and an approach which sounds suspiciously like New Zealand's even more dubious guilty-upon-accusation approach to filesharing. Needless to say, although the Government is consulting with 'representatives of both copyright owners and the Internet industry in an effort to reach an industry-led consensus on an effective solution,' arguably the most significant group — ordinary Internet users — are not being consulted. Senator Conroy is the man behind the crusade to 'protect' Australians from the horrors of the Internet with a mandatory, government-run blacklist, an effort which recently earned him the title of Internet Villain of the Year for 2009."
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Australia Considering P2P 'Three Strikes' Law

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  • Re:Gentlemen! (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Yvanhoe ( 564877 ) on Wednesday July 15, 2009 @09:28AM (#28702617) Journal
    Few people say it is okay. A lot of people however say that you won't manage to prevent people from file sharing unless you control Internet and personal computers completely and that would have a huge cost to society. Therefore, if filesharing becomes such a serious problem that it prevents artists from getting a decent pay (this has still to be proved though), the remuneration of artists has to go through a different system.

    It looks like people are wanting to just get free stuff, but the claim is different : they say that trying to protect a revenue stream based on the control and production of copies, in a world where making copies is basically free, is nonsensical and counter-productive.
  • Re:entitlement (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Nadaka ( 224565 ) on Wednesday July 15, 2009 @09:44AM (#28702789)

    I feel exactly the same way.

    Illegal file sharing is wrong and there should be consequences for it. It is however not theft. Theft involves taking something away from another. With filesharing, ownership and possession remain with the originator.

    What is theft is the extension of copyright, erosion of fair use and bypassing of the courts that media companies are bribing governments around the world to achieve. And its not theft from an individual, it is theft from the public domain, it is theft from us all.

    These 3 strikes laws are intended to circumvent the courts and allow media companies to extort real people into paying them with no burden of proof or legal recourse.

  • Re:Cartel (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 15, 2009 @10:54AM (#28703577)

    The Australian government did that already. Region encoding was deemed 'anti-competitive', against consumer interests, and therefore illegal.
    If you buy a DVD player in Australia you will find that it will play any DVD regardless of its region code =)

    Sometimes, just sometimes... governments get it right, too.

A committee takes root and grows, it flowers, wilts and dies, scattering the seed from which other committees will bloom. -- Parkinson