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Do you know that you can be prosecuted for illegal downloads (piracy) and access to inappropriate websites by users of your wireless network?
In October 2011 the government signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. Both mandate that you are responsible for who uses your Internet if you offer it free or paid.
Piracy is the term used for copying, selling, or using software that hasn’t been properly licensed or paid for. Software piracy is illegal because it is stealing, and attracts hefty fines/imprisonment.
Downloading music, games, movies etc, without permission is illegal in Australia – even if you’re only downloading for personal use! It’s a breach of copyright and if you haven’t paid for a copyrighted download or asked permission to download it then you are breaking Australian law.
Piracy and data retention rears its head again in the Australian government
Accom Management Guide Autumn 2014
1 October 2011 Delimiter US-style mass piracy lawsuits come to Australia
10 February 2010 APC Queensland Mario piracy man fined $1.5M
14 February 2008 PC & Tech Authority Teenagers ‘unaware’ of digital piracy laws
09 December, 2011 Computerworld Youth increasingly apathetic towards internet piracy
“It might be illegal, but I don’t think a lot people view that as wrong; we don’t care,” said 18-year-old speaker
26 February 2010 ZDNet Open Wi-Fi ‘outlawed’ by Digital Economy Bill
Universities, libraries and small businesses operating open Wi-Fi networks will face the same penalties for illicit downloading as ordinary users.
16 Aug 2009 The Telegraph UK Millions at risk of prosecution in internet piracy purge
Millions of parents whose teenage children illegally download films and pop songs face having their internet connection cut off and fines of up to £50,000