The story so far
Australian consumers are currently slugged with inflated prices and geo-blocks on overseas digital content.
This lack of access to legal, affordable content means more people may turn to illegal torrent sites instead. And the government wants to deal with this kind of piracy using pricey policies that haven't worked overseas.
In August we campaigned against the government's internet filter and policing proposals. So far, more than 17,000 Australians have signed our petition.
Donations and support helped us produce a crowd-funded ad exposing the policies.
Now the content owners and telco industry has collaborated to produce a draft code that would make internet providers police your internet use, sending you 'education' letters and providing your contact details to rights holders so that they can more easily pursue legal action.
Join us in calling on the Minister for Communications to step in and make sure any final code contains strong protections for consumers, and addresses the drivers behind consumer behaviour. Add your name to our Education Notice to the Minister now.
Consultation on the Code closes on 23 March 2015.
The industry released a proposed anti-piracy code in February 2015. This code will funnel consumers into litigation, bypassing ordinary steps in the court process. Rights holders can force internet providers to send 'education notices' to customers suspected of piracy. Once three notices are received, rights holders can access personal contact details. We're calling on the Minister for Communications to step in and make sure consumers are protected, and that the reasons behind piracy are addressed - timeliness, availability and affordability of content.
Join us in sending an Education Notice to the Minister before the code's consultation period ends on 23 March 2015.
The government released a proposed 'internet filter' policy in late July 2014. We responded in August 2014, calling on the government to scrap the internet filter and instead focus on better access to digital content.
In July 2012, we responded to a parliamentary inquiry on international IT price discrimination.
We called on the government to investigate if geo-blocking should be legal. The inquiry recommended clarifying the law, to help consumers get around geo-blocks.
We also created a how-to guide, which shows you how to bypass geo-blocking.