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Piracy, the Dallas Buyers Club decision and the three strikes scheme (Girt by CNET podcast 22)

The Dallas Buyers Club decision puts piracy in the spotlight, while the Comms Alliance reveals its proposed industry code for tackling copyright violation -- including a 'three strikes' scheme. Oh, and the Apple Watch launches.

According to current wisdom, Australia is a nation of pirates. When it comes to copyright violation, we apparently couldn't give a tinker's cuss, as we torrent willy-nilly barely even pausing our scouring of Pirate Bay long enough to even watch our ill-gotten digital gains.

Whether that's completely accurate or not, there's been a lot of movement when it comes to legislating against pirates in Australia.

The Dallas Buyers Club vs iiNET decision was handed down this week with Justice Perram agreeing that the rights holders should be able to obtain customer information of users suspected of torrenting the Oscar-winning film. Perram did insist on a number of safeguards however, stipulating that the content and form of any letter sent to iiNet customers alleged to have infringed copyright on the film must be submitted to the court for approval.

At the same time, the Comms Alliance released proposed an anti-piracy industry code to the Government. Under the scheme, pirates could find themselves on the receiving end of a series of "escalating" warning notices from rights holders, sent via ISPs: Education, Warning and Final.

What happens next? Well that's the question that Australian downloaders are waiting to see answered.

And just in case that's depressed you too much, Apple Watch pre-orders begin today and we have a lovely chat about the latest wearable on the market.

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