Gizmodo is reporting that a government-led piracy crackdown is incoming, based on a three strikes and you're out policy. Out meaning your internet service will be suspended. Perhaps more worrying (or more insane) is the suggestion that ISPs take down websites hosting pirated content.
Basically this suggests that ISPs become some sort of elite internet police. Logistically, it's not going to happen.
There's a real disconnect here. We all know piracy is a problem, and we all know it runs rampant in Australia, but we live in a world where the laws have yet to catch up to the way in which we navigate our online, digital worlds. These things are important, but every time I see an 'uploader has not made this content available in your country', or a game gets delayed for months in Australia, or I'm forced to sign up to a ridiculous Foxtel plan in order to watch one single show -- these are moments when piracy begins to feel like a justifiable, subversive act.
There's a solution here, and I feel it's within reach, but this is not it.
Read the full story over at Gizmodo.