Copyright Protection is free and automatic in Australia, thus protects the original expression of ideas, not the idea themselves. The moment an idea or creative concept is documented – printed or electronically – it is automatically protected by copyright. The Copyright Act (1968) gives individuals exclusive rights to license others in regard to copying your work, performing it in public, broadcasting it, publishing it and making an adaptation of the work.
As we are currently living the digital age, we can access and purchase content online with a click of a button. While computers and the internet have provided us with various positive changes, such as easily accessibility and efficiency, they have also given rise to new risks and possibilities for copyright theft. When you create, download or stream unauthorised copies of someone’s creative work, you are taking something of value from the owner without their permission. Digital technology has made it extremely easy for individuals to make copies perfectly and quickly, and also has enhanced our ability to distribute them instantaneously to mass audiences.
In order to enforce rules and regulations regarding online piracy, the federal government and Australian courts are planning to crack down on internet piracy by ordering Internet providers to block access to websites that allow users to illegally download material. According to Graham Burke, internet piracy in Australia has grown to unprecedented levels and with download speeds increasing, Australia is on the urge of losing valuable taxpaying industries and community businesses. The real question is whether blocking these popular websites will actually prevent online piracy. The reality is, when access to websites are blocked, others will emerge and take their place.
When it comes to illegally downloading television shows and movies, Australians are among the worst in the world. So, why are Australians illegally downloading material online? Is it because we’re cheap and don’t want to purchase content when we can get it for free, or is it because of Australia’s isolation and inability to access matieral that has aired overseas. According to Choice, in order to seriously address piracy, the Australian government needs to address that Australians often find it hard to gain access to content and when they do, they pay more compared to consumers in other countries.