Australia’s attorney-general Robert McClelland will host what could be a very uncomfortable meeting in September, with the copyright industry on one side of the table, and ISPs on the other. According to The Australian, the death-match industry consultation is designed to “gauge the views of key stakeholders” about copyright …
Which side of the table is Telstra sitting on?
As a 50% owner of Foxtel and with a near-Monopoly position Telstra are going to be far less affected should the Content Lobby get their wicked way. Telstra would hardly lose sleep over having all the small and medium ISPs buried under the legal burden the Rights Holders want to foist on them.
I support the right of the Copyright holders to market (or not) their product any way they see fit, but I don't support them trying to offload their enforcement costs onto other people, nor their attempts to criminalise a matter that is already covered by civil law.
Big money will win the day
It always does.
Percussive motivation of a deceased equine
AFACT don't seem to understand the simple message.
ISPs don't want to carry the burden of collecting evidence for a massive fishing expedition that necessarily imposes total Internet surveillance on all users; all the while missing the infinite circumventions available to the real pirates.
There is, BTW, no such thing as "Copyright theft" except in the addled minds of the AFACT campaigners.
They forgot the most important group...
'designed to “gauge the views of key stakeholders” about copyright enforcement in Australia.'
...the most important group of "key stakeholders" is the public. Without them there is no entertainment industry.
So who will be representing the consumers, withour whom none on these organisations would exist? Oh, what's that, they will be informed of the outcome after the meeting? Lovely!
It's not the internet that caused the problem...
It's the crap content that's making their profits go down. No sane person would pay good money to see a crap movie or listen to crap music.
For proof the internet isn't killing things, simply look at the content that DOES make us excited - For example, the final Harry Potter movie was reported to have broken sales records in many markets. Yet the industry heavies feel this isn't good enough, and we all should have paid to see it twice (or something) just because the internet exists.