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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Aussie Pirate Party Launched Petition to Fight Online Filtering

Aussie Pirate Party Launched Petition to Fight Online Filtering

Aussie Pirate Party Launched Petition to Fight Online Filtering

Added: Tuesday, May 13th, 2014
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2013, www.extratorrent.cc
After the Australian government decided to consider the introduction of website blocking, the local Pirate Party has launched a Senate petition to fight such measures, where they were describes as ineffective


The recent news revealed that after continuous pressure from Hollywood studios, the Australian government gave up and promised to consider the introduction of new anti-piracy mechanisms, including warning of the infringers and website blocking. The first one, better known as the graduated response system, can be seen in several countries, though no results from it were seen thus far. Website blocking is more controversial, because it is not even practiced in the United States.

Now the local Pirate Party claims that it will do everything to make sure that neither of these methods lands on Aussie soil, claiming that no evidence can prove that graduated response regimes are efficient. On the opposite, lots of studies and reviews on the matter are skeptical that they have any measurable impact on preventing piracy.

The Pirate Party claims that their petition is supposed to remind the country’s Senate that it has some obligations as the House of Review. The paper submitted describes detailed reasons for opposition to online filtering and graduated response system – for example, that they just won’t work. The petition also asks the Senate to reject any bills introducing either a graduated response scheme or site blocking.

Actually, the Pirate Party’s stance is backed up with numerous researches. For example, a recent paper published by American and French researchers proves that “three-strikes” regimes did nothing to reduce file-sharing and prevent rampant piracy. In the beginning of 2014, the Court of The Hague also ruled that the website blockade previously ordered against the largest torrent tracker in the world, The Pirate Bay, was both disproportionate and ineffective.

Unfortunately, many agree that the Australians are being treated as second-class people when it comes to availability and reasonable pricing of entertaining content. Solving this problem can help solve the piracy conundrum. It is not fair that geographical market segmentation forces Australians to pay more for digital content. In fact, despite being called “the world’s worst pirates”, the Australians are paying significantly more than everyone else.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.

May 13th,2014

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Date:  Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Comments (10) (please add your comment »)

posted by Kitty (2014-05-13 16:05:38)
Crash1 avatarYou got THAT right ... even on DIGITAL DOWNLOADS we get shafted. A good example was the recent game THIEF, where a steam purchase from Australia cost US$20 MORE than the rest of the world. Blizzard's Diablo 3 AND its' Add-on were the same, and it's the same on most OTHER entertainment content as well.

BRING ON THE PIRACY ... Just thank whatever deity you prey to for VPN's and Proxy servers.

posted by Kitty (2014-05-13 16:12:45)
Crash1 avatarPS. Is it any wonder that game players are turning to FOREIGN companies to purchase our games?? I purchased a pre-order copy of Tomb Raider last year (3 days before release) from ENGLAND for AU$41, less than %50 of the RETAIL price here (AU$99), the only issue was I had to wait 7 days for it to arrive (no big deal for a AU$58 saving).

posted by (2014-05-13 18:51:42)
jumbo71 avatari agree with crash1, the prices they charge for digital downloads is way to expensive, with no actual product in your hand how can they charge you more for something you actually get less for.....no wonder people pirate when the companies rip customers off and they moan pirates rip them off.....
in my world it works both ways if you as me...

posted by (2014-05-13 21:13:50)
No avatarI buy my games and apps but I never upload them for sharing, the prices for games are nearly the same.

posted by menTurtle (2014-05-13 22:24:22)
DarkSideofTheMoon avatarThe liberals will fix all.Im sure they could fine pirates to help bring the budget back to surplus.

posted by (2014-05-14 08:10:24)
gonads90 avatarThe Pirate party might as well lodge its petition now, because as of the 1st of July of this year these micro parties will no longer exist on our landscape. The only way the can still be a viable party is to get a minimum of 1500 members. VPN's are going to make a motsa out of Aussies.

posted by (2014-05-15 04:46:13)
bm777 avatar"Unfortunately, many agree that the Australians are being treated as second-class people when it comes to availability and reasonable pricing of entertaining content."

That's not only true in entertainment but with everything else..we get screwed left, right and center...I will support the aussie market, when it is competitive..until then, I will purchase from overseas..fecking wake up!!

posted by (2014-05-15 16:21:16)
ecco51 avatar1500 members? No probs, that what social media IS good for.

posted by Kitty (2014-05-15 16:24:29)
Daewoo avatarDid you know that everything you download is digital? There is no such thing as an analogue or any other type of download. All downloads are digital. Heck, even the game on a disk is digital. Yet I keep hearing the retarded phrase 'Digital' Download.

posted by (2014-05-15 18:53:13)
kingy83 avatarif they can get 300k signatures for the nbn, you could get at least 10% of those people to join the pirate party just to spit in the liberals faces and stop them from taking more stuff away from us.

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