Online piracy crackdown won't change a thing

The government's piracy crackdown fails to address the cause of the problem by leaving the key stakeholders – consumers – out in the cold.

Attorney-General George Brandis might be better served by taking a more measured approach to stemming online piracy because rushing headlong into the breach, at the behest of media multinationals, is more likely to antagonise the very people he needs to work with -- the internet service providers (ISPs) and, more importantly, the Australian public -- to find a viable solution.

With proposals to crack down on illegal downloads reportedly set to be tabled by cabinet this week, the overwhelming intent seems to be one of forcing ISPs to effectively police the internet.

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