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Mass Piracy Lawsuits Come To Australia 183

daria42 writes "Remember when the RIAA started sending tens of thousands of letters to Americans who it had alleged had infringed copyright online, trying to get them all to settle out of court? Yeah, good times. Well that style of mass-lawsuit has now arrived in Australia, courtesy of a new company which dubs itself the 'Movie Rights Group.' The company is currently seeking to obtain details of at least 9,000 Australians it alleges has infringed copyright on one film, and it has a number of other films in the pipeline. Sounds like a good time to know an IP lawyer."
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Mass Piracy Lawsuits Come To Australia

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  • Hmmmm.... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by girlintraining ( 1395911 ) on Sunday October 02, 2011 @11:16PM (#37586978)

    Comment EULA:

    By reading this comment, you agree to be bound by the terms listed herein; If you are a member, employee, associate, business partner, or affiliate of the RIAA or MPAA, you owe me one million ($1,000,000.00) USD, payable in full immediately. Thanks to your f*cked up interpretation of the law, this is, in fact, perfectly legal. Any attempt to evade this legally binding contract will be grounds for me to sue you at three times the requested amount, waive your right to a trial, and hold me utterly and totally immune to any form of legal challenge by you and/or your employer, until at least 150 years after my timely and natural death. Everybody else... I love 'ya. Stay awesome.

  • Arrr! (Score:3, Insightful)

    by coolstoryhansel ( 1827480 ) on Sunday October 02, 2011 @11:26PM (#37587018)
    Join an organisation like the Pirate Party and help advocate for changes in the law. This sort of predatory litigation is only going to get worse because the law enables it.
  • Re:Hmmmm.... (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 02, 2011 @11:32PM (#37587038)

    Thanks for putting that * in the phrase "fucked up". I'd be extraordinarily offended if it weren't for that little *. Since you put that * in place of the u, it makes it really hard to determine that you swore.

  • by gweihir ( 88907 ) on Monday October 03, 2011 @12:21AM (#37587236)

    +1, insightful

    Time = money works only to a certain extend, but is still a good rule of thumb. I have used it for a long time to decide whether something was worth my money.

    The only exceptions I remember at the moment are DVDs and CDs that I cannot copy on my computer or (as in the case of some music CDs) that I cannot play on my computer. Or that have horribly long and annoying unskippable advertising and threats when played.Bad usability is a mood-killer and far more expensive than the time it consumes. So is insulting the customer on video.

    I do have to admit that I did not get the music I could not play from the net. I just dropped the artists entirely.

    I do something else some people may consider "criminal" or "amoral": Whenever ads on web-pages are animated or otherwise annoying, they go into my ad-blocker.

Nondeterminism means never having to say you are wrong.