Australia ‘worst in the world’ for piracy, argues Attorney-General

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By on June 3, 2014 at 11:28 am

Australia’s Attorney-General George Brandis has used an exchange in Parliament to describe us as “the worst offender of any country in the world when it comes to piracy”.

In a conversation with Greens Senator Scott Ludlam, Brandis said that “Unlike the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Canada, the United States, France and many other comparable countries, Australia lacks any effective protection against online piracy.”

“Australia, I’m sorry to say, is the worst offender of any country in the world when it comes to piracy, and I’m very concerned that the legitimate rights and interests of rightsholders and content creators are being compromised by that activity.”

Brandis also confirmed that the controversial rumoured three-strikes rule was still being considered, although he did not provide details on who he was consulting with regarding the new legislation.

Source: via Gizmodo, thanks Joab

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Soooo been to China lately Mr Brandis? One would have to work extra hard to beat those guys y’know…

 

Wouldn’t have anything to do with either Australians being horribly overcharged for anything entertainment related? Or we don’t get that product either at all or delayed. For physical items I can understand, there’s shipping time related, but in a world of digital media there’s no reason/excuse for it.

I haven’t really pirated anything in a year or two now. My income is decent enough for me to buy everything I want. Although i do need to buy the Game of Thrones seasons.

 
Anon. E. Moose

I wonder why. =/

 

Obligatory ‘ANZ” edited link to that Game Of Thrones Piracy Comic.
http://theoatmeal.com/pl/game_of_thrones/nz

Is this really a shocker to him or anyone?
When we have restricted access to things that the rest of the civilized world does, and when we are expected to arbitrarily pay an arm and a leg for these exact same things – then.. um.. yeah Piracy is going to be commonplace.

 
Artful-dodgeR

Fix the distribution and you fix the problem. Simple.

Why don’t they ever understand this…

 

anonemoose,

Exactly, if I could watch the shows in a timely fashion, at a time that suits me, without paying big bucks for Foxtel, I would. But I can’t.

 

I wonder if anybody in parliament is going to pull him up on the blatant lie in his claim. Of course he’ll spin it into a misunderstood quote, but still.

 

Look at all the hoops you have to jump through to even get Hulu or Netflix, if only we had easy access to streaming services and/or cheaper rates to readily available content.

Look at STEAM and what it has done to reduce game piracy but even then still look at the cost of inflation for the same bloody game else where.

So I can understand totally as to why Australia “MIGHT” be the “Worst In The World”

Corporate greed and Foxtel monopoly is what stopping us from actually having fair services like the rest of the world.

 

and kill geoblocking, i would happily buy a hbo subscription if it was easy

 

Thats the problem with idiot bureaucrats who only look at one side of the issue. As noted above, there’s no mention of geoblocking, overcharging, or simply denying a cheaper product so you can be overcharged locally (tried to buy a Nike lately?). Oh no, Australian people are just bad. Maybe what he should say is ‘Aussies are actually smart! why be overcharged when you can beat the system and enjoy the digital benefits like everyone else in the world!’ :P eg. say BF4…$49 in almost every currency except Australia…no thats $79.95 or something…for the same digital download.

So, are Aussies good pirates?? Why, yes we aaarrrggghhhh…(sorry couldn’t help meself)

 

Australia has the worst Attorney-Generals in the whole world.

See? I can do it too. Also, Russia.

 

See, this is the issue Russia once faced. Now, they have majorly lower prices and Steam have earned more in sales now at cheaper prices than they ever did at the higher prices. I’d love to find the statement/study that steam posted about the sales boost and reasons for Russian piracy, but I’d like to see us go a similar way. Surely this could be applied to Media and Film as well, not just digital games.

Make your products more available, cheaper and at a good time for the consumer *hint* not 3-6 months post initial launch *hint* and maybe you’d win consumers back!

 

It’s not just Steam though, Origin, Uplay, GOG, they’ve all helped to reduce priacy with sales and worldwide digital distribution. I haven’t really needed to pirate a game in ages. I can get it when I want and usually for a good price thanks to key sites or deals.

TV Shows on the other hand, that’s a whole different story. Netflix being blocked out of Australia (Unless to VPN an account with Netflix) due to dodgy backroom deals. They really only have themselves to blame. You block off access, and if the demand is big enough, people will always find a way to get it. The Black Market has been around for a very long time.

 

Liberals are idiots? Well I’ll be damned.

 

korten:
Liberals are idiots? Well I’ll be damned.

Pretty much exactly this.

Give us a proper NBN and companies like Netflix will actually open up to Australian customers. It will also end Foxtel’s ridiculously overpriced monopoly.

I would be more than happy to pay for reasonably priced entertainment if it was made available to me.

 

Brandis was the guy who willage roadshow paid 20k to have a “private meeting” about piracy, right?

 

kinkykel:
It’s not just Steam though, Origin, Uplay, GOG, they’ve all helped to reduce priacy with sales and worldwide digital distribution. I haven’t really needed to pirate a game in ages. I can get it when I want and usually for a good price thanks to key sites or deals.

TV Shows on the other hand, that’s a whole different story. Netflix being blocked out of Australia (Unless to VPN an account with Netflix) due to dodgy backroom deals. They really only have themselves to blame. You block off access, and if the demand is big enough, people will always find a way to get it. The Black Market has been around for a very long time.

This. I’ve never really pirated games as I’ve either had the cash or preferred to support the developers. However I refused to pay over inflated digital prices so I happily jumped on the bandwagon of buying from cd key sites (save $$, game is legit). Same thing with xbox live points. I HATE being ripped off. HATE IT. grrrr.

 

Give us fair, timely and affordable access to said entertainment products and I’m positive those piracy numbers will drop by an astonishing amount.

 

artfuldodger:
Fix the distribution and you fix the problem. Simple.

Why don’t they ever understand this…

It baffles me that they do not get this. From my perspective it would result in more money because you don’t feel like you are paying to be dicked around (In DRMs case).

 

The Attorney-General can go get stuffed, he gets payed more then enough and does shit all.

every one else think that the government shouldn’t be involved in dictating the internet besides infrastructure?

we have the separation of church and state, freedom of speech and political speech and the UN now says that uncensored internet is now a basic human right.

 
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