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TV show delays drive Oz viewers to distraction

Australian TV viewers are waiting longer than ever to view their favourite overseas produced televisions shows, driving them to use BitTorrent and other internet-based peer-to-peer programs to download programmes from overseas, prior to their local broadcast. According to a survey based on a sample of 119 current or recent free …
Alex Malik, 22 Feb 2007
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Ringtones prop up Australian recording industry

Comment Yesterday, the Australian recording industry went through its annual ritual of announcing a fall in music sales. Although, this time ARIA didn't blame digital music piracy for the fall - fans of the ARIA blame game will be pleased to see they industry included the obligatory reference to digital music piracy anyway - just for …
Alex Malik, 28 Mar 2006
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Five days closer to a Kazaa resolution ... or not?

Well, five days have passed and the appeal by the record companies and Kazaa has been heard. We await a judgment. In the meantime, here are some observations from the appeal. To these eyes, the appeal before the Full Court of the Federal Court was a very different animal to the main case. Firstly, there were no witnesses …
Alex Malik, 07 Mar 2006
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Kazaa, record company lawyers ready for appeal

This morning sees the return of the parties in the Kazaa case to the Federal Court for their long awaited appeal. While the earlier case was heard by a single judge (Judge Wilcox), the appeal is to be heard over five days by the Full Bench comprised of Justices Branson, Finkelstein and Lindgren. The appeal follows the September …
Alex Malik, 20 Feb 2006
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Digital download markets: cut up and segregated

Comment In recent years there has been a worldwide move towards “free” trade. Arguably there have been winners and losers from this process. One winner has been consumers in Western countries who enjoy purchasing content like music, film, games and software. In my home country, Australia, one of the success stories of the late 1990s …
Alex Malik, 16 Nov 2005
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Oz Swiftel case settled in a shroud of secrecy

The long running Australian Swiftel case was settled today. All the important issues and players were involved in this case – ISPs, alleged BitTorrent and P2P users … film, music and other content holders. There were also allegations of large-scale internet-based copyright infringement. The case was supposed to represent another …
Alex Malik, 14 Oct 2005
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CD sales fall disguises a lack of choice

While music consumers in Australia patiently wait for the introduction of iTunes, they find they have less choice than ever. The Australian Recording Industry Association has reported that for the first six months of 2005, the volume of recorded music product shipments to retailers fell 7.54 per cent, while their wholesale …
Alex Malik, 15 Sep 2005
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Oz legit downloads fail to deliver

Analysis part II Australian lawyer, academic researcher and music industry commentator Alex Malik presents the second of a two-part look at the Australian market for digital downloads. His research has found that while IFPI are spinning the success of authorised downloads, the reality shows that at least in Australia, there are substantial gaps …
Alex Malik, 09 Aug 2005
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Oz legit downloads fail, and fail again

Analysis Australian lawyer, academic researcher and music industry commentator Alex Malik presents the first of a two part look at the Australian market for digital downloads. His research has found that while IFPI are spinning the success of authorised downloads, the reality shows that at least in Australia, there are substantial gaps …
Alex Malik, 08 Aug 2005
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Oz ISP, employee and principal held liable for copyright breaches

Analysis Another day another copyright battle! Australia’s Federal Court has handed down its decision in Universal Music Australia v Cooper (the ComCen case). While no final orders has been made, Justice Brian Tamberlin found for the recording industry applicants on all counts, in what has been described by the recording industry as a “ …
Alex Malik, 14 Jul 2005
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Oz court case exposes lack of fairness

Comment In Australia the Federal Government is looking at introducing a fair use style exemption to our copyright law. Yes I know … it’s hard to believe, but in Australia you can’t legally back up your music CDs, or even rip a CD you have paid for, so you can convert it into an iPod compatible format. You can’t even legally use your VCR …
Alex Malik, 20 Jun 2005
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Oz iPod users denied access to quality pop

Comment Despite all the huff and puff emanating from the Australian music business about illegal file-sharing, it's comes as a bit of surprise to learn that you can't legally downloaded a number one single, even if you're prepared to shell out hard-earned cash for the privilege. Jesse McCartney is a harmless enough young pop star and …
Alex Malik, 11 May 2005
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True stories from under the bar table - the Kazaa case concludes

Eye Witness Yawn … 8.30 in the morning … double yawn … didn’t really want to be here. Sydney was blowing a gust and the rain was pounding down. It was March but you would’ve thought it was July (that’s winter for those who are planning a summer holiday in Oz). Check out this exchange from the bar table: Lawyer 1: “what are we going to do …
Alex Malik, 23 Mar 2005
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Kazaa Oz lawsuit wows the crowd

The Earth is flat, the Moon landing never happened, the world will end next week and Ashlee Simpson is one of the great recording artists of her generation. It's funny how misinformation can enter the marketplace and get reported as the truth. It's also funny how the misinformation gets reported so widely. As we already know, …
Alex Malik, 08 Mar 2005