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Piracy is theft but content owners need to up their game: Turnbull

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said online copyright infringement needs to be deterred in Australia, but has said content owners should pay for any notification system and ensure their content is available in a timely and affordable manner.

July 30, 2014

AFACT wins iiNet High Court hearing

The High Court of Australia has granted the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) special leave to appeal the Federal Court ruling of its long-running piracy case against iiNet.

August 11, 2011 by

Act or be acted against, AFACT warns ISPs

The Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) has written to local internet service providers (ISPs), inviting them to work together on a solution to piracy — if they don't want it to take action using precedents set in its lawsuit against iiNet.

July 7, 2011 by

US piracy deal right for Australia: AFACT

The Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) has welcomed reports that US internet service providers (ISPs) and film studios are close to an agreement on how to deal with piracy; however, the Internet Industry Association is adopting a wait-and-see approach.

June 26, 2011 by

Content owners don't back AFACT: iiNet

Content providers are stepping away from the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT)'s pursuit of ISPs over copyright infringement, and are open to iiNet's piracy mediator model, according to iiNet's chief regulatory officer Steve Dalby.

June 2, 2011

AFACT rebuts privacy pundits

The Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) has brushed off criticism from internet advocates of a report it commissioned, which said that piracy costs the economy $1.4 billion a year.

February 23, 2011 by

EFA to AFACT: your numbers don't add up

Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA) has delivered a virtual slap in the face to the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT), picking a string of holes in research released yesterday by the group which suggested internet piracy was costing Australia's economy $1.37 billion annually.

February 17, 2011 by

Piracy costs $1.4bn a year: AFACT

Piracy is costing the Australian economy a whopping $1.37 billion a year, according to research by anti-piracy organisation the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT).

February 16, 2011 by

AFACT looks to govt after court loss

The Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) today said it was disappointed by its losing position in the internet piracy trial against local internet service provider (ISP) iiNet, but said it believed the verdict was not what the Federal Government wanted.

February 3, 2010 by

Copyright laws and piracy - Where do you stand?

Over the months that this blog has been running we've had some really good discussions relating to copyright laws and piracy. Hardware such as portable media players and disc burners are closely linked to copyright and piracy because these devices allow people to do things with content that the copyright holders might not be too happy with. But is violating the terms of copyright theft, whether it be on a small or large scale, right or wrong? Is it theft? When does it become theft? Where do you draw the line?

April 9, 2007 by

Music piracy boss moves to movies

After just five months in the role, the general manager of Australia's music piracy investigations unit is leaving to take on a similar position with the movie industry's anti-piracy operation. Michael Kerin today confirmed reports he was leaving Music Industry Piracy Investigations (MIPI) to take on the post of director of operations of the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT).

October 16, 2005 by

Microsoft sues controversial system assembler

The bizarre chain of events that unfolded around the alleged theft of notebook computers valued at AU$1 million last March continued today, with Microsoft revealing it is seeking damages for software piracy against a system assembler embroiled in the matter.

November 7, 2004 by

U.K. pirates face 10 years in jail

The U.K. government's House of Commons has agreed to bring in significant changes to the copyright law that will mean someone convicted of software piracy could face ten years' imprisonment and an unlimited fine. The move is an attempt to crack down on those who create and sell counterfeit goods -- a practice that is estimated to cost the U.K. billions of pounds and thousands of jobs each year. The changes are contained in the Copyright, etc. and Trade Marks (Offences and Enforcement) Bill, a private member's bill brought by Dr Vincent Cable MP, the Liberal Democrat trade and industry spokesman. Having completed its passage through the House of Commons last Friday, the bill must now be approved by the House of Lords. It is expected to become law this autumn. The current maximum penalty for the "wilful making for sale or dealing in infringing copies of copyright material"--such as software, videos and music--is two years. By raising it to ten years the bill makes it a much more serious crime and brings it into line with trademark theft. The Copyright Bill will also make it easier for police to obtain a warrant to search premises they suspect are used for counterfeiting. --Graeme Wearden, ZDUK

April 15, 2002 by

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