Copyright Game On

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Attorney General George Brandis has received the report the Australian Law Reform Commission put together into copyright and it has not at all blown a gentle warm breeze up his skirt.  This is important, as journalist Matthew Knott notes without really bothering to go into detail about why;

Australians are among the most avid users of pirating websites in the world. For example, Australians accounted for 16 per cent of all illegal downloads of television program Breaking Bad.

Setting aside the use of the term "illegal download" as a factual error, of course we are.  We're the English-speaking western-style democracy with the largest interest in and understanding of United States culture and simultaneously we have the least access to authorised channels of US output of entertainment industry media.  We want it the most and we can have it the least, so we get it the most with the least authorisation.  This is a no-brainer.

The article signals that the government is gearing up to go quite made with failed overseas models like graduated response (where copyright infringers are disconnected from their ISP) as well as locally failed ideas like ISP responsibility for how their customers use their network.  The latter was the outcome of a legal case that was fought all the way to the high court, and it'll take grave legislative change and a squint in the face of separation of powers to make that happen.  Brandis appears up to the task.