Recently, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been receiving a lot of hate from the Australian public, with people noticing that the bulk of his Facebook likes were residents of India – ok lets be honest, he always receives hate no matter what.
This brought upon allegations that Mr. Abbott and his management were using a commonly seen scheme to purchase cheap ‘bot’ Facebook likes from various organizations in order to bolster his public appearance and make it look much more appealing to the unwary public. However, new news has come to light that apparently this bolstering of fans is due to a ‘selfie’ posted with the Indian Prime Minister, taken around the time of the recent G20 visit.
This image was taken in Victoria, Australia at the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and saw Abbott’s fan-base skyrocket in New Delhi – ranking amongst the #1 location for all of his fans around the world. The original allegations were first brought to light by a local comedy duo called “The Bondi Hipsters“.
When confronted on this speculation, a spokesperson for Mr. Abbott claimed that the likes were due to the selfie being promoted by Indian Prime Minister and no like purchasing had taken place.
“It is no secret that the Prime Minister hosted a number of world leaders in recent times, including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. These visits attracted large international audiences to the Prime Minister’s social media channels, thus generating a spike in organic engagement with the page.”
There have been some talks about the high number of pirates in Australia, having the government worried about what to do in response to the piracy activity. Earlier this year, Australia is said to have had the highest number of illegal downloads of Game of Thrones: Season Four.
A leaked document entitled “Online Copyright Infringement Discussion Paper” appears to show some of the government’s future consideration towards piracy. The document is said to point out the main reasons why Australians choose to download content illegally, which are cost and availability. The government however appears to be more keen on enforcing the law instead of addressing the real reason which leads to piracy in the first place.
The document is also said to be discussing the role of the ISPs to place restrictions, such as lowering downloads speeds or blocking internet availability in some cases, on customers who are accessing and downloading content illegally. The ISPs however cannot do anything about it, according to the paper, since if they were to allow their customers access to pirated content without punishing them, it is said that rights holders can then take legal action against the ISPs themselves.
“The Copyright Act would be amended to enable rights holders to apply to a court for an order against ISPs to block access to an internet site operating outside Australia, the dominant purpose of which is to infringe copyright.” the paper states.
Experts say that the options outlined in the paper are too harsh compared to international standards and are not addressing the problem of Australians being unable to access content legally when it is currently available in other markets. They say that the law enforcement underlined in the paper would only give power to copyright owners over consumers, while also having large-ranging impacts on the free and open internet.
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