SYDNEY — Following the lead of the Motion Picture Assn.’s actions in the U.S., those who sell pirated DVDs and videos online in Australia soon will face prosecution.
The Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft said Tuesday that it plans to bring civil actions against several online auction sellers who are hawking movies via eBay and Stuff.
“As more and more Australians do their shopping on the Internet, we receive daily calls about poor-quality DVDs and videos that turn up in the mailboxes of disappointed customers,” said AFACT exec director Adrianne Pecotic. “Instead of a bargain, or a real find, the movies turn out to be illegal and inferior pirate product.
“The film industry is taking action. We want to alert unsuspecting consumers about how to identify and avoid pirate movies. We intend to prosecute movie pirates and work with Australian online auction sites to help keep them clear of movie piracy,” she said.
Tom Temple, the MPAA’s director of worldwide Internet enforcement, is in Sydney to meet with AFACT about the challenges facing the industry in its fight against digital piracy. He will appear Friday at a public forum at Sydney U. to discuss the rights of moviemakers and fans on the Internet.
Temple said, “In 2003, auction piracy accounted for over one-fifth of all piracy online, and the Internet continues to be a popular means of selling pirated materials worldwide. The results of the U.S. Tactics for Auction Piracy program, where auction piracy was cut in half in one year, suggest that TAP will be an effective deterrent to movie pirates in Australia.”