Hyperlocal news about Melbourne's first suburb: Fitzroy 3065

everything you’re being told about internet piracy is wrong

Yesterday’s Online Copyright Infringement Forum was a joke. It can be argued that the unauthorised reproduction of digital goods cannot be considered theft in the physical sense according to existing laws. Australian consumers are being exploited by content owners, who charge unreasonable amounts for content with no justification for the price differences between other countries and Australia. No wonder Australian consumers are rebelling and are pirating media.

One thing the government and content owners consistently get wrong is the issue of consumption. They assume the desire to consume content is guaranteed. From this premise they argue that the choice consumers make is between paying for content or stealing it and consuming it for free. This fundamental error needs to be contested.

Consumption cannot be assumed. It is not guaranteed. The choice many content consumers make is between viewing some media for free or not viewing it at all. They have no intention of paying for it. This is because it has negligible value for them. If something is easily available for free they will watch it. If not, they will do something else.

The internet has facilitated the development of a single global market for digital goods, including media content. Geographical boundaries and the different release dates, prices and other irregularities that form part of media territories are now meaningless. They are a barrier to consumption and have been declared illegitimate by consumers. Content owners cannot justify exploiting some customers more than others based on where they live.

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it tasted like caste wine

It’s easy to spot the trolling in Suburbanspoon. Not just because most of it is fake, false, defamatory astroturfing, but because it’s written by people who obviously haven’t visited the restaurant or make even the smallest attempt to write a good fake review. References to beefburgers in vegetarian restaurants abound.

I spotted this yesterday while doing some research. Never mind the tautology of ‘female waitress’, it was the suggestion that the merlot being served ‘tasted like caste wine’ that made me choke on my coffee. Nice Freudian slip or something.

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