We recently published an article about revenge p*2n and the difficulty in shutting any of the sites down.

Recently the Federal Court has ordered that certain websites like Pirate Bay be blocked as a result of illegal activity, but all the Court can actually do is force Australian Internet Service Providers to block those website.  Pirate Bay is a website that shares material that is copyrighted, like movies, at no cost to the user.

 

So what can be done?

The problem with most of these internet issues is that the answer is not a legal one.  A number of commentators have come out and said that blocking Australian ISP's will do very little, many people with moderate computer skills will be able to get around that.

What is far more effective in these areas is public pressure, or public awareness.  As a result of the public response to the problem of revenge p*2n, Google now will not facilitate a search for these sites.  In the land of the Internet is falls to large multinational corporations that are, for better or for worse, bigger than most governments to be the drivers for change in this area.  While there is public demand for these services they will continue to exist.

By way of comparison, the internet streaming services like Netflix have had very little trouble with piracy.  It only costs $9 or $12 per month to sign up and most people are happy to pay that for good quality and varied content.  Additionally, many of the shows that are pirated are actually pirated because they aren't available to the user, either because they are in the wrong country (so when the USA can view shows that Australia can't) or because it is a movie that is not yet available on DVD or through other legal methods.

Additionally CDs continue to be sold in Australia despite the fact that you can get songs immediately through downloads, or even illegally for free.  In the global multinational driven economy the legislation can only do so much to counteract market forces.  Certainly this court case may help to raise awareness of the cost of pirating, but it falls to the public to decide that this is unnacceptable, this is not an area that the legislators can control.