Windows Server 2012 Resource Centre
[ad] Windows Server 2012 redefines the server category, delivering hundreds of new features and enhancements spanning virtualization, networking, storage, user experience, cloud computing, automation, and more. Click here to visit our Windows Server 2012 Resource Centre with case studies, white papers and articles about Windows Server 2012.
Nokia Lumia Smartphones: Innovation's calling
[ad] Nokia Lumia with Windows Phone comes with unique camera technology, wireless charging and turn-by-turn navigation. Make every image picture perfect. See your city differently. Charge without wires. Click here to learn more.
Save up to $199 on Dell XPS 12 Ultrabooks: Power for your projects and passions.
[ad] This convertible Ultrabook™ delivers the speed and performance you expect from the XPS family in a sleek new design that's ready for work and play. Don't get two pieces of technology when one will do it all. The Dell XPS 12 is a tablet and Ultrabook combined to produce the perfect laptop.
Great articles on other sites
- IBM settles with Australian government over e-health contract
- Telstra unveils CAT4 4G wi-fi dongle combo
- Rio Tinto scales BYOD to 4000 users
- QLD energy provider to outsource IT services
- TransGrid makes the leap to Windows 7
- Major network outage at Anittel
- Is The Xbox Durango Prankster About To Be Charged With Owning A ‘Stun Gun’?
- $5.2m to put e-tax on Mac
- Galaxy S 4 “Google Edition” to be available in Australia via MobiCity
- When does mission creep become censorship?
Managing virtualised environments: Free whitepaper
[ad] Virtualisation is one of the single most important technologies for efficiently operating servers. This free whitepaper presents information about current trends in virtualisation adoption, risks associated with single vendor virtualisation, and the benefits of open source virtualisation. Click here to download the whitepaper.
Featured, News - Written by Marina Freri on Thursday, March 17, 2011 16:21 - 9 Comments
Aussie piracy report a “farce”, says Pirate Party
The Australian Pirate Party has attacked a study commissioned by the Australian Content Industry Group (ACIG) and put together by research group Sphere Analysis, calling it “a farce”.
In a speech held in late February, Attorney-General Robert McClelland called for new directions on copyright laws, as he claimed online piracy was posing threats to the content industry and to the Australian economy. To support the speech, he cited two studies: one commissioned by the Australian Association Against Copyright Theft, “The economic consequences of movie piracy”, and a second, “The Impact of Internet Piracy on the Australian Economy” commissioned by the ACIG — a group heretofore unheard of.
Pirate Party spokesperson Brendan Molloy today said the ACIG’s report was based on an European study, released by a group called TERA, which compared five countries – France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK – and their use of the internet to estimate retail loss. He said the ACIG’s report – which claimed piracy cost $900 million to the Australian economy – was not to be trusted as it used average figures from foreign countries proportioned to the Australian population. “We think it’s a farce, it’s a complete fallacy,” he said. “The maths behind it is terrible.”
Both studies — by AFACT and the ACIG — purport to show that piracy is costing the Australian content industry millions of dollars and had an impact on a larger scale to the Australian economy. AFACT claimed movie piracy was responsible for a yearly loss of $1.37 billion; while the ACIG reported that in 2010 movie piracy cost $900 million and over 8,300 jobs to the Australian economy.
The difference is that while AFACT is a well-known institution, little was known about the ACIG till McClelland’s speech. The association doesn’t seem to have a website or an available phone number, but its members are listed on the study conducted by Sphere Analysis.
They include the Australasian Performing Right Association Limited (APRA), the Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS), the Australian Publishers Association (APA), the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), Copyright Agency Limited (CAL), the Business Software Alliance (BSA), the Interactive Games and Entertainment Association (IGEA), Microsoft and Music Industry Piracy Investigations Pty Ltd (MIPI).
Molloy said the party became aware of the study only when an article published by Melbourne newspaper The Age mentioned it. He said the party contacted the journalist concerned and asked him if he had read the report and where it was available. According to Molloy, the journalist denied reading the report and that’s when the Pirate Party started to look for it. “So we were working with [BitTorrent media site] TorrentFreak to get as much information as possible on Sphere Analysis,” he said. “We also called the Attorney-General’s Department to ask them if they had read the report and we essentially got stonewalled by them.”
Molloy said the party had to send a Freedom of Information request, but eventually the report was leaked and the link to it was diffused through Twitter. “The major issue we found with the report was that – like many other reports – it equates every download as a lost sale,” he said, adding that “It’s interesting too we found out that Sphere Analysis Group is a real estate consultancy, it’s come out fairly recently in an iiNet story.”
Speaking today, Sphere Analysis Group Emilio Ferrer said the report was commissioned around Christmas time last year when general manager of Music Industry Piracy Investigations, Sabiene Heindl, got in contact with him. He said Sphere Analysis is very close to Paris-based consultancy firm TERA which — Ferrer said — had conducted a “very comprehensive” study across five countries in Europe about their use of the Internet and how that impacted on retail loss.
Ferrer said Sphere extrapolated the results from those countries, using Australian data to obtain local figures and projections. “The five countries used in the study were in our view pretty comparable to Australia, in terms of the size of the economy, the structure of the content industry, and the rate of growth at which internet utilisation is occurring,” he said, adding that the sample of European countries offered a better mirror than larger nations such the US. “The US has a very very large population, and if you actually look at the market in the US for every industry is very different to Australia.”
Ferrer said the actual problem with internet piracy was educating citizens against it. “We don’t see it as stealing,” he said. “I’m almost confident that 99 per cent of people that find downloading a file illegally in the Internet acceptable, would not find it acceptable to break into my house and steal a DVD from my collection, they would find it totally morally wrong.”
Replying to the Pirate Party criticism on the methodology and the results of the study, Ferrer said that by comparing Australia to foreign countries, the report provided a range and a base line to estimate retail loss and the impact of piracy on the Australian economy. “With more people having access to faster speed over the Internet, the problem is going to grow,” he said. “And I understand there are people out there that when they see a report that says the activity they are undertaking should be regulated I understand they get upset.”
Furthermore Ferrer denied that the report assumed that every download equates to a retail loss. Instead, he said he would like to question the Pirate Party about what it thought of the economic impact of piracy. “I would put it to them, what do you think is the economic impact of this illegal activity?” he asked, adding piracy was causing an economic transfer from “desirable” activities – like the availability of more content – to illegal practice.
“With Internet piracy, the losers are the artists, the software developers and the people that make movies, and who are the winners? Well the winners are the people that run websites out there that allow illegal activities. And how do they make a living? Often advertising things like pornography and gambling.”
A spokesperson for AFACT said the organisation was not involved in the Australian Content Industry Group and had no further comment to make about the group or its study. However, the organisation is known to have links to Music Industry Piracy Investigations, one of the groups behind the ACIG report.
Leave a Comment
Enterprise IT, Featured, News - May 24, 2013 10:38 - 4 Comments
More In Enterprise IT
- Perpetual dumps CIO after Fujitsu outsourcing
- Victoria abandons IT shared services?
Core CenITex services to be outsourced
- Australia gets two Windows Azure datacentres
- Oracle reveals swathe of Aussie rollouts
- Australia’s universities hacked on a regular basis
News, Telecommunications - May 23, 2013 11:57 - 86 Comments
More In Telecommunications
- Telstra set for massive internal restructure
- iiNet sells TransACT’s FTTP to NBN Co
- At death’s door:
Vodafone loses 216k more customers
- 4G race: Telstra turns on 1500th tower
- Optus launches TD-LTE 4G trial in Canberra
Blog, Gadgets - May 24, 2013 14:48 - 4 Comments
More In Gadgets
- 3G ASUS 7″ Fonepad lands Down Under
- HP forces MicroServer fan page offline?
- Surprise! Xbox One neutered for Australia
- Sony Xperia Z tablet hits Australia
- HP Slate 7 to land in Australia shortly