Federal Court orders fresh batch of pirate sites blocked

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 7 : 18-Jun-19

Village Roadshow CEO Graham Burke has described a Federal Court ruling that 76 copyright infringing websites be blocked by telcos as a victory for both Village Roadshow and the broader Australian film community. Site-blocking laws aimed at stamping out copyright piracy were passed in 2015, and Burke notes that almost 1,000 pirate websites and domains have now been blocked. He also notes Australians are now backing the push against piracy, with research indicating that three out of four people view it as theft.

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VILLAGE ROADSHOW LIMITED – ASX VRL, FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA, TELSTRA CORPORATION LIMITED – ASX TLS, VOCUS GROUP LIMITED – ASX VOC

Village to sue hundreds of Aussies for piracy

Original article by John Davidson
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 29 : 21-Aug-17

Village Roadshow intends to pursue legal action against Australians who download illegal copies of films and TV shows. Co-CEO Graham Burke says the film producer will only seek to recover the loss of revenue as a result of the piracy, as well as costs, rather than the huge damages payouts that had been initially been awarded for copyright violation in the US. The Federal Court recently ruled that local ISPs must block access to an additional 42 websites that provide access to pirated content.

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VILLAGE ROADSHOW LIMITED – ASX VRL, FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA, CREATIVE CONTENT AUSTRALIA, GOOGLE INCORPORATED, TELSTRA CORPORATION LIMITED – ASX TLS, SINGTEL OPTUS PTY LTD, IPRIMUS

Which internet providers’ customers pay for their movie and TV downloads?

Original article by Roy Morgan Research
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 23-Jan-17

A Roy Morgan Single Source survey has found that 1.45 million Australians aged 14+ buy movies and TV show downloads online in an average three-month period. These downloaders spent an estimated $A257 million combined in the 12 months to September 2016. Among customers of the top five fixed broadband providers, Dodo’s are the most likely to purchase movies and TV shows for download (10.9 per cent), ahead of those with Telstra (10.4 per cent), Optus (9.4 per cent) and iiNet (8.4 per cent). However, only 6.7 per cent of fixed broadband customers with TPG pay for any downloaded movies or TV shows in an average three months.

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ROY MORGAN RESEARCH LIMITED, DODO INTERNET PTY LTD, TELSTRA CORPORATION LIMITED – ASX TLS, SINGTEL OPTUS PTY LTD, IINET LIMITED, TPG TELECOM LIMITED – ASX TPM

Foxtel, Village’s landmark win to block pirates

Original article by Jake Mitchell, David Swan
The Australian – Page: 19 & 22 : 16-Dec-16

The Federal Court of Australia has ruled that ISP must block access to five illegal file-sharing websites within 15 days. Foxtel and Village Roadshow had launched separate legal proceedings in a bid to combat the pirating of films and TV shows. Village Roadshow’s joint CEO Graham Burke has welcomed the judgment, arguing that the local film and TV production industry would collapse if action is not taken against such websites. Foxtel and Village Roadshow will have to pay the ISPs’ costs for blocking the infringing sites.

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FOXTEL MANAGEMENT PTY LTD, VILLAGE ROADSHOW LIMITED – ASX VRL, FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA, TELSTRA CORPORATION LIMITED – ASX TLS, SINGTEL OPTUS PTY LTD, TPG TELECOM LIMITED – ASX TPM, IINET LIMITED, M2 GROUP LIMITED, 21ST CENTURY FOX INCORPORATED, WALT DISNEY COMPANY, WARNER BROS, NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, NEWS CORPORATION – ASX NWS, STAN ENTERTAINMENT PTY LTD, NETFLIX INCORPORATED, ASHURST AUSTRALIA

Pirates in the line of fire as Village boss goes on warpath

Original article by Darren Davidson
The Australian – Page: 25 : 10-Oct-16

Village Roadshow MD Graham Burke has vowed to crack down on people who download illegal copies of movies. Burke will address the issue in a speech at the annual Australian International Movie Convention, in which he will highlight the impact of piracy on the local film industry. Burke notes that although the advent of subscription video-on-demand services has reduced the level of piracy among Australian adults, there has been big growth in piracy among the 12-17 age group.

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VILLAGE ROADSHOW LIMITED – ASX VRL, NETFLIX INCORPORATED, STAN ENTERTAINMENT PTY LTD

Streaming taking its toll on online music purchases

Original article by Roy Morgan Research
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 17-Aug-16

A Roy Morgan Single Source survey has found that just 4.6 per cent of Australians aged 14+ paid to download music and 1.1 per cent purchased CDs online in any given four-week period in the year to March 2016. This compares with 6.1 per cent and 2.1 per cent respectively in the year to March 2012. Meanwhile, the proportion of Australians who stream music online in an average four weeks has risen from 10.3 per cent in 2012 to 19.7 per cent in 2016. Likewise, the proportion of Australians using streaming radio has risen from 6.1 per cent to 9.6 per cent.

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ROY MORGAN RESEARCH LIMITED

NBN boosts satellite services for the bush

Original article by David Ramli
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 4 : 15-Dec-15

NBN Co has introduced new download allowances for people using the national broadband network’s satellite service. From 2016, they will be allowed to download up to 75 gigabytes per month during peak periods and an extra 75 gigabytes during non-peak periods. For NBN users connected to fixed-wireless or fixed-line networks, download limits are determined by their ISPs.

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NBN CO LIMITED

2.677 million Australians have Netflix as subscriptions surpass one million homes

Original article by Roy Morgan Research
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 12-Nov-15

A Roy Morgan Single Source survey has found that the number of Australian homes with a Netflix subscription rose by 11.4 per cent in October 2015 to 1,039,000. Some 2.677 million Australians aged 14+ now live in a home with a Netflix subscription. The survey also shows that 19.3 per cent of Australians bought a DVD in an average three-month period during the six months to September 2015, compared with 20.6 per cent in an average three months in the six months to September 2014. Likewise, the rate of downloading TV shows or movies has fallen from 10.8 per cent a year ago to 9.1 per cent in the six months following the launch of Netflix in Australia.`

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ROY MORGAN RESEARCH LIMITED, NETFLIX INCORPORATED, FOXTEL MANAGEMENT PTY LTD, TELSTRA CORPORATION LIMITED – ASX TLS

Hockey’s $1b ‘Netflix’ tax

Original article by Phillip Coorey
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 5 : 10-Apr-15

Australia’s federal and state Treasurers have struck a deal to extend the application of the GST to items costing less than $A1,000 that are bought online and sourced from offshore. This will include digital versions of books, music and films that are downloaded or streamed from offshore providers. News Corp Australia CEO Julian Clarke recently criticised foreign companies such as Netflix for failing to pay GST, arguing that it gives them an unfair advantage over local rivals in terms of pricing their products

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NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, NEWS CORPORATION – ASX NWS, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, NETFLIX INCORPORATED, GOOGLE INCORPORATED, APPLE INCORPORATED, MICROSOFT CORPORATION, EBAY INCORPORATED, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, GROUP OF TWENTY (G-20), ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT, AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL RETAILERS ASSOCIATION LIMITED

Illicit downloaders to be spared harsh penalties

Original article by Matthew Knott, Ben Grubb
The Age – Page: 2 : 9-Dec-14

Australian Attorney-General George Brandis and Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull will present their copyright law proposals to federal Cabinet on 9 December 2014. The proposed laws are not as tough as expected by rights holders. Instead of being penalised, illicit downloaders will receive written messages warning them that they are breaching copyright laws. Access to web sites hosting pirated materials will be blocked

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AUSTRALIA. ATTORNEY-GENERAL’S DEPT, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF COMMUNICATIONS, AUSTRALIAN COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA AUTHORITY, COMMUNICATIONS ALLIANCE LIMITED