38 U.N.S.W.L.J. 206 (2015)
The Game of Clones and the Australia Tax: Divergent Views about Copyright Business Models and the Willingness of Australian Consumers to Infringe

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       THE   GAME OF CLONES AND THE AUSTRALIA TAX:
 DIVERGENT VIEWS ABOUT COPYRIGHT BUSINESS MODELS
    AND   THE WILLINGNESS OF AUSTRALIAN CONSUMERS
                               TO  INFRINGE




                  PAULA   DOOTSON*   AND   NICOLAS   SUZOR**



                           I   INTRODUCTION

    It is often said that  Australia is a  world  leader in rates of  copyright
infringement  for entertainment goods. In 2012, the hit television ('TV') show,
Game   of Thrones, was  by  some  figures the most downloaded   television show
over BitTorrent, and estimates suggest that Australians accounted for a plurality
of approximately   10 per cent of the 3-4  million downloads  each  week.' The
season finale of 2013 was downloaded  over a million times within 24 hours of its
release, and  again  Australians were  apparently  the  largest block of  illicit
downloaders  over BitTorrent, despite our relatively small population.2 This trend
has led the former United States Ambassador  to Australia to implore Australians
to stop  'stealing' digital content, 3 and rightsholders to push for increasing
sanctions on  copyright  infringers. The Australian Government is looking to
respond  by requiring Internet Service Providers ('ISPs') to issue warnings and
potentially punish  consumers  who   are  alleged by  industry groups  to have






*    QUT Business School.
**   Senior Lecturer, QUT School of Law.
     The authors are extremely grateful to Alex Button-Sloan and Eleanor Angel for their excellent research
     assistance in writing this piece. They would also like to thank Felicity Deane, Carmel O'Sullivan, Nigel
     Stobbs, Hope Johnson and Kylie Pappalardo for their useful feedback on earlier drafts.
1   Ernesto, 'Who's Pirating Game of Thrones, and Why?' on TorrentFreak (20 May 2012)
     <http://torrentfreak.com/whos-pirating-game-of-thrones-and-why-120520/>.
2   Ernesto, 'Games of Thrones Season Finale Sets New Piracy Record' on TorrentFreak (10 June 2013)
     <http://torrentfreak.com/games-of-thrones-season-finale-sets-new-piracy-record-130610/>.
3    Jeffrey Bleich, Stopping the Game of Clones (23 April 2013) Facebook <https://facebook.com/
     notes/ambassador-bleich/stopping-the-game-of-clones/54285013242536 1>.


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