The proposed two pronged attack includes mandating all Australian internet service providers (ISPs) to issue ominous infraction notices to people found to have repeatedly downloaded content (game.of.thrones.s04e01 – game.of.thrones.s04e10, say) and calls for those same ISPs to block access to notorious file-sharing websites such as The Pirate Bay. Or, as it is commonly known, censorship.
The Australian Pirate Party begs to differ in a newly launched change.org petition, arguing that the government should stop seeking to punish Australian media consumers presented with precious few options when it comes to legal means with which to access content and focus instead on the outdated nature of the Australian media industry whose continued inability to provide a reasonably-priced alternative is as complicit in piracy rates as the consumers they seek to demonise.
“There has been no evidence advanced that graduated response regimes are effective. In fact, academic literature on the matter has been skeptical that they have any measurable impact on reducing file-sharing,” Brendan Molloy, Councillor of Pirate Party Australia, told TorrentFreak in a statement.