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    • CommentTimeApr 23rd 2010
    "INTERNET providers can expect to be spared tougher online copyright laws if Australia agrees to the current draft of a new multi-lateral agreement on protecting intellectual property.

    A draft form of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) released by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) last night – which contains evidence of discord among potential signatories – would not push Australian online anti-piracy laws into new territory."

    Full article here

    This seemed to tie in nicely with Notes From Warren 15apr10 and the whole issue of torrenting. In the case of film and television, there's still so much that doesn't get released here in Australia and downloading is the only way we get to see them (until the DVD release months later). Also: due to the capricious whims of the fuckwits in charge of scheduling TV programmes, downloading an avi once a week is a lot more reliable for regular viewing.

    That said: I personally own a shitload of movies and tv shows on dvd and of the 200GB of music on my computer I can honestly say that a good 75% of it has been ripped from my own CDs. But I haven't actually sat down and watched "the telly" in over 4 years.

    As for comics: please tell me I'm not the only one who actually prefers to hold the artifact in my hands while I read it?