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Aussie Pirates Have Another Year Not To Worry About Warnings 25

An anonymous reader shares an article on TorrentFreak: Internet pirates in Australia may now have at least another year, possibly longer, not to worry about a "three strikes" style system landing on their shores. According to Communications Alliance CEO John Stanton, copyright holders and ISPs will give the new site blocking regime a chance to get established before revisiting the graduated response. Somewhat explains why this gentleman -- if he was indeed downloading copyright infringing content -- has been able to get away with all the torrenting he has done.
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Aussie Pirates Have Another Year Not To Worry About Warnings

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  • Election time. (Score:5, Informative)

    by mjwx ( 966435 ) on Tuesday April 05, 2016 @11:49AM (#51845999)
    What is important to note here is that within the next 12 months Australia will hold a federal election.

    The increasing unpopularity of the Turnbull government (which was really just the Abbott government with a new hat) means that there will likely be a change in parties even if Bill Shorten isn't replaced.

    The media conglomerates are considerably more chummy with the current Liberal party (dont let the name confuse you, they're conservatives) than they do with the opposition (Labor party). Doubly so as one of the primary drivers is Rupert Murdoch's media empire which has not won any favours with Labor in recent years.

    With Labor back in power, we can expect the same thing that's been happening for years to continue. It will be discussed, papers will be filed, faults will be found with perspective new laws and it'll have to be put off until Parliament sits again in a few months, rinse and repeat.
    • by Gr8Apes ( 679165 )
      It won't last that long, I predict an epic battle approaching, on Sept 19.
    • by dwywit ( 1109409 )

      You're awfully confident that Murdoch won't repeat previous strategies. And, current poll results notwithstanding, memories of the Rudd/Gillard disasters are still fresh.

      Turnbull may be losing popularity, but I haven't seen anything like the divisiveness we had under Abbott, Rudd, and to a lesser extent, Gillard. Both parties need that divisiveness to polarise the vote and keep the public rhetoric flowing, so they can concentrate on the swinging/undecided vote. If neither of them can whip up a frenzy, then

      • I'd expect a modest swing to Labor in conservative WA, where Barnett may be running out of puff and there's no scare campaign over a mining tax this time.
        Apathy for Palaczuk may have offset anger over Newman, so again, smaller than expected swings in QLD, maybe a handful of seats but not a landslide like at the state level.
        SA will lose seats over manufacturing but Labor's vote in 2013 there held up reasonably.
        Vics were never pro-Abbott, so not too many seats will change hands.
        Tassie swung hard to the Coalit

      • by mjwx ( 966435 )

        You're awfully confident that Murdoch won't repeat previous strategies. And, current poll results notwithstanding, memories of the Rudd/Gillard disasters are still fresh.

        I'm absolutely confident that Murdoch will try and fail.

        The Abottbull government has been an absolute shambles from the word go. Murdoch may be good at spin, but he cant work miracles. The only thing keeping Turnbull from dropping in the polls has been the relentless media assault on Bill Shorten, the problem with relentless media assaults is that they become passe and then get ignored as people start to realise they've heard it all before.

        The difference is that in 2013, Murdoch had to sell an unkown

        • by dwywit ( 1109409 )

          Murdoch has a pretty good track record so far, of affecting voting patterns. His spin has worked miracles in the past - how do you think Abbott got elected, unless you concede that labor lost the election, rather than the LNP won it?

          As to shambles, the Ruddllardrudd circus will be a casebook study in how not to run a government - their ill-considered policies resulted in deaths in the insulation scheme, memories of that don't fade quickly, and it's an easy way to whip up a frenzy - "remember the deaths unde

    • Labor aren't much better with "think of the children" Conroy running the show. The Greens did block certain legislation but may face voter backlash over senate voting rules.

      The Pirates have their own party. But I think I'll vote for the Science Party; who wouldn't want to live in a 21st century metropolis named after Alan Turing? :)

      • by mjwx ( 966435 )

        Labor aren't much better with "think of the children" Conroy running the show. The Greens did block certain legislation but may face voter backlash over senate voting rules.

        The Pirates have their own party. But I think I'll vote for the Science Party; who wouldn't want to live in a 21st century metropolis named after Alan Turing? :)

        That's not such a bad thing. Conroy over 6 years in the Rudd/Gillard government got repeatedly smacked down by his own party for the filter. Each time it was proposed the Labor backbench, not just the greens, threatened to revolt. I dont even think it made it to parliament to even be voted on.

        Besides that, the current shadow communications minister is Jason Claire and he seems a hell of a lot more competent and clued in over it. The Labor/Green govt always runs on populist policies, rather than ideologic

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 05, 2016 @11:53AM (#51846033)

    Aussie Pirates Too Lazy To Use A VPN Have Another Year Not To Worry About Warnings

    FTFY

  • It is only a matter of time before access to the Internet will be only allowed by "approved" devices, and things like VPNs will be outlawed. It is coming.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    They just don't get it. You can't stop people from filesharing. You block one avenue, they'll find another one you didn't think of, or that you can't detect. It gets draconian enough, people will go back to using SneakerNet, and just pass around hard drives and flash drives. They need to just give up and accept it as a fact of life and stop wasting so much time and energy on it. Don't these silly politicians have anything better to do? Have they solved all the REAL crime problems? The homelessness problem?

    • Yep. Look at Cuba where there no is no internet as such. Sneaker net becomes the default.

      Personally I just wish the media companies would not make the real deal so lousy. All the crap you are forced to watch or fiddle a way around to watch s DVD or Blu-Ray is really obnoxious. I should never get a "That operation is currently prohibited" message.

      Pay for "Ad-Free" Hulu? Only some of the shows are actually ad-free. WTF?

      I really want to shield my kid from as much advertising crap as I can as long as I ca

      • Put an antenna on your house for free OTA TV, get TiVo, turn on the 30-second skip feature, teach your kid how to use it to skip past commercials, and he'll be shielded from about 95% of all the advertisements. You can't really get around product placement in the shows themselves though but it's better than nothing.
  • Bonzer, mate! Chuck another abo in the eski and get me a barbie while yer up, you bludging bastard.

  • So this: "...Somewhat explains why this gentleman -- if he was indeed downloading copyright infringing content -- has been able to get away with all the torrenting he has done."

    As of course the implication is that if you use data, it MUST be torrents of illegal material. This made me a bit upset. Why is it when someone uses data it must be illegal? There is plenty of free and non free content on the net that one could use and download in a day that could easily be over a terabyte. and ALL of it is legally o

    • Some of it was likely legal, some of it was likely to be illegal torrents...
      From the actual article:

      And then the downloads began: 14 seasons of MythBusters; 24 seasons of The Simpsons; the entire Wikipedia database; Microsoft software for his job; updates for his Xbox games; and "a lot of random other stuff". He also synced all his Spotify playlists offline.

      Now, I'm sure it's possible to get some of that content legally, but at around $30/season for TV content through iTunes (just as an example, not saying

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