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“Controversial” report recommends that Australia reforms copyright law, adopt fair use provisions

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Described as “controversial” by the Attorney-General Senator George Brandis, the Government has finally made public the Australian Law Reform Commission’s report on digital copyright. And not surprisingly, the report recommends that Australia’s copyright laws should include fair use provisions. Fair use allows anyone to sample or transform copyrighted works without the need to get explicit permission from the copyright owner, as long as you don’t take revenue from or harm […]

Telstra in talks with Google to launch Chromecast in Australia

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Telstra is reportedly in “secret talks” with Google that would see the Chromecast dongles – the search engine’s cheap streaming device that can be plugged into any television set through a HDMI port – officially available in Australia, according to a report. We say officially because there are many ways to get the Chromecast in Australia – though many of the services won’t work without the help of a VPN. Eager customers […]

Community radio will not end online simulcasts, but the ABC says it has to “consider carefully” future of streaming

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Image: Fod Tzellos/Flickr (Creative Commons) Great news if you are fans of FBi Radio in Sydney, or SYN FM in Melbourne. Community radio broadcasters have confirmed that they will not be shutting down their online simulcasts – unlike their regional commercial counterparts – despite their opposition to having separate licences for internet broadcasts. Until a new licence has been negotiated… the existing arrangement will continue In a message to its […]

The Pirate Bay almost had a server in North Korean soil

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Remember back in early March last year when the Pirate Bay announced that they were moving to North Korea – only to later announce it was a hoax. Well, in a Q&A session with one of the original founders of the Pirate Bay, Tobias Andersson acknowledged that there was an attempt to place servers in North Korean soil – by putting them in the North Korean embassy in Stockholm. Andersson was […]

PPCA: We want artists to have a “fair share” from radio stations

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Image: Austin Gruenweller/Flickr (Creative Commons) The PPCA – the group that represents musicians in Australia – have expressed disappointment in the decision by many regional radio stations pulling their online streams, saying that they have “chosen to deprive regional listeners of local programming” instead of negotiating. “PPCA has tried many times to engage CRA in open and amicable negotiations to resolve this issue – and will continue to do so,” the […]

Their way or The Pirate Bay: Game Of Thrones will only be available through Foxtel in 2014

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For the past few years Australian Game Of Thrones fans have been almost lucky when it comes to legally accessing the show. While, like in the US, the show was broadcast on Pay TV first, it also, uniquely, came to iTunes the day later in Australia. So instead of requiring a hefty monthly fee, the show was basically available without any other subscription, just through a per-episode price on a […]

Regional radio stations pull online streams due to licensing issues, metro stations might be next

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Image: Fod Tzellos/Flickr (Creative Commons) Within a couple of weeks, you might not be able to listen to your favourite radio stations online. After being unable to come to a new licensing agreement with the music industry, nearly 200 regional radio stations will end their live simulcasts with all metropolitan stations threatening to go dark as well. The stations – represented by Commercial Radio Australia – join Grant Broadcasters in ending their […]

So, did the Warmest 100 correctly pick the winner of the Hottest 100?

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In short, yes. Despite Triple J making it harder for them to predict the winner, the guys over at the Warmest 100 were able to successfully guess that Riptide by Vance Joy would top the this year’s Hottest 100 music poll. The Warmest 100 was developed by four developers – Nick Drewe, Tom Knox, Andy Thelander and Jack Murphy – to predict last year’s Hottest 100 music poll. They collected over 35,000 votes from 3,600 entries across […]

Telstra confirms they are working to bring Beats Music to Australia

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If you are a MOG subscriber, then you would have heard that its owner Beats by Dr Dre is shutting down the service on April 15 to make way for its new Beats Music service. So, what does this mean for Australian subscribers of MOG – who signed up as part of a deal with Telstra? Well, there’s some good news and some bad news. The bad news is that […]

Foxtel’s Presto delayed because of “technical issues”

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Foxtel has delayed the launch of Presto by up to two months after a few technical issues and software glitches. The movie streaming service and Netflix competitor was due to launch at the latter end of last year, but – obviously – missed that deadline. A Foxtel spokesperson told the Australian Financial Review, “This is a complicated platform to put together and there have been a few technical issues.” “We’re […]

Kogan takes a sub-$1000 4K TV to CES 2014, set to ship February

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Not one to let a lack of content get in the way of a movement, Kogan is currently showing off the first sub-$1000 4K TV available to Australian consumers at CES. With an 55″ LED display, 3840×2160 resolution, 4 HDMI ports, micro-SD card slot, Wi-Fi, and Ethernet, it sounds great on paper. And not one to miss a trend, the TV also is technically a “Smart TV”, running Android 4.2, with Google […]

Channel Nine rumoured to create Netflix-like service

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Image: espensorvik/Flickr (Creative Commons) The Nine Network is said to be launching their very own Netflix-like streaming service in the latter half of next year and are in the middle of informal talks with its rivals to provide content for the upcoming site. According to the Australian, the new service would feature content from its existing Warner Brothers output deal (with access to movies such as the Harry Potter series […]

Xbox One UI demo showcases Dashboard personalization, Skype, DVR and more

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Xbox have released a video on their Youtube that showcases the many features of the Xbox One. from switching and snapping, Live TV, Skype, game DVR, OneGuide and much more. Yusuf Mehdi and Marc Whitten walk through what it’s like to use the Xbox One dashboard, being customized and tailored to how YOU play games and watch TV. Although the Kinect is no longer mandatory for the Xbox One, you will […]

Copyright law is broken: You may be inadvertently breaking the law

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You may not know this, but you may be inadvertently breaking the law – according to a brand new video by a group called the Creationistas. Your funny meme that you have created to share with your friends, making a cosplay costume of your favourite character, and even creating a search engine. All of these things are breaking copyright law. And to see how crazy Australian copyright laws are – you […]

YouTube quietly rolls out new design – ditches left-aligned look

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It appears that it wasn’t just YouTube comments that were changing, the entire site might be as well. YouTube has quietly rolled out an update to its design – and, it appears that it fixes some of the complaints that people had with the current design, rolled out last year to negative publicity. It appears that the update has been rolled out to some users – I got the design personally, […]