The latest in tech’s war on piracy
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With the internet being so popular, it’s easy to forget how dangerous it can be to share information online.
But that’s just what a new report from Tanya O’Brien, CEO of anti-piracy company Arrays, says is happening in Australia.
In a report for The Australian Financial Review, O’Briens claims the internet is making it harder for companies to protect their products, even when they can afford it.
“Our research shows that the number of companies taking action to protect intellectual property rights on the internet has decreased by over 50 per cent since 2010,” she said.
“This means that we are now seeing fewer companies being able to defend their intellectual property and that companies are taking the necessary steps to ensure that their products are safe from piracy.”
In her report, O’ts CEO said the threat to Australian businesses from online piracy has been “worsening over time”.
“There is now a clear understanding that piracy can have negative effects on businesses and the economy in Australia,” she wrote.
“It has also become clear that the current copyright regime, in which copyright holders have little control over what is released online, does not adequately protect consumers or the wider economy.”
It is estimated that one in five Australian businesses is now at risk of being affected by piracy.
“As a result of the current climate, many companies have already opted to downsize or stop operating in Australia or have opted not to move forward,” she added.
“Many companies have also taken a number of measures to mitigate the risk of legal action or other legal action that may arise from their use of our intellectual property, such as through the use of automated systems to prevent unauthorized access to their intellectual properties.”‘
Pirate mentality’The Australian government recently launched a new anti-piracy strategy, which aims to crack down on piracy through enforcement measures such as licensing and anti-spam measures.
“The strategy is designed to build on the recent Government’s enforcement of new anti, counter-piracy and information sharing laws and is being developed as part of the Digital Economy Strategy 2020,” the Government said in a statement.
“Actions are already under way, including enforcement of existing laws to remove infringing content from the internet, cracking down on the sharing of pirated content online and ensuring that all businesses comply with the law, with the aim of reducing the amount of money being diverted to copyright infringement.”
“The Government’s focus is to create a culture of business and community engagement that encourages all Australians to be aware of and comply with Australian intellectual property laws.”
Pirate mindsetThe new anti -pirate strategy includes the creation of a national piracy taskforce, the development of an anti-online copyright enforcement framework, and the introduction of a new national online copyright framework.
Pirate cultureIt is understood that the anti -piracy strategy will include “a national piracy plan to prevent online piracy”, with the creation and delivery of a comprehensive piracy monitoring strategy.
“We want to see the culture of online piracy, which is a major problem for Australian businesses, and its impact on Australian consumers, improve and ensure that the new anti piracy strategy is a step in the right direction,” a spokesperson for the Department of Communications and the Arts told the Financial Review.
“At the same time, we recognise the importance of ensuring that the Government takes action to prevent the spread of counterfeit goods online, and we are committed to working with industry and the relevant authorities to bring criminals and criminals’ agents to justice.”
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