Australian Pirate Party Fights Back: Senate Petition Against The Pirate Bay Blocking in Australia

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By Tarun Mazumdar | May 8, 2014 7:15 AM EST

The Australian government plans to introduce two new mechanisms to curb online piracy and one of them is the court-ordered blocking of Web sites like The Pirate Bay. It looks like the Pirate Party is all set to fight back with a Senate petition against the said measures by stating them as ineffective, reports TorrentFreak.

U.S. has been pressurizing governments across the globe to fight copyright infringement and online piracy. Governments have introduced strict laws to counter online piracy.

Due to constant pressure from the entertainment companies and studios, the Australian government is ready to launch not one, but two anti-piracy ways to stop online piracy.

According to TorrentFreak, the first mechanism is a graduated response. This tactic is being used in many countries. The second one is Web site blocking. The Australian government wants the local ISPs to block file-sharing sites like The Pirate Bay.

The Australian Pirate Party is ready to stop these mechanisms to become functional in Australia. The Senate petition is based on the notion that both the mechanisms have been ineffective against piracy.

"There has been no evidence advanced that graduated response regimes are effective. In fact, academic literature on the matter has been sceptical that they have any measurable impact on reducing file-sharing," said Brendon Molloy, Councillor of Pirate Party Australia to TorrentFreak.

"Our petition is intended to remind the Senate of its obligations as the House of Review. It lays out detailed reasons for opposition to the proposals - including that neither will work - and calls on the Senate to reject any legislation instituting either a graduated response scheme or website blocking."

In January, the Court of The Hague declared that the blockade against The Pirate Bay by local ISPs was not disproportionate, but also ineffective.

Brendon also feels that Australians should get the content as soon as it is made available in the West at reasonable prices. If these issues are dealt seriously, then the authorities can tackle the piracy issues in a much better way.

"Geographical market segmentation is causing Australians to pay more for digital content. Is it any wonder Australians are called 'the world's worst pirates' when we are paying significantly more than everyone else? Surely these issues are more deserving of attention than attempting to introduce schemes that have been proven to be ineffective?"

The Australian Pirate Party petition is available, here

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