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Here is why the government’s site blocking scheme won’t work

67% of the most pirated movies this month aren't available legally in Australia.

June 2015: The analysis

Analysis conducted by finder.com.au concluded that rights holders are still holding back content from Australian consumers to rent or purchase legally. Of the 18 movies which appeared this month in TorrentFreak's "Top 10 most pirated movies of the week”, only 6 movies were available to consumers to download legally within Australia at the end of the month. With no way for consumers to purchase these movies legally, it's no wonder why Australia's piracy rates are so high.

Movie Title Weeks in Top 10 On Aussie Providers? iTunes Australia Google Play Australia EzyFlix
San Andreas Quake 4 no no no no
Kingsman: The Secret Service 4 yes $18.99 $17.99 $19.99
Furious 7 4 no no no no
Chappie 4 yes $19.99 $19.99 $19.99
Unfinished Business 3 no no no no
Run All Night 3 no no no no
Home 3 no no no no
Jurassic World 2 no no no no
Get Hard 2 no no no no
Blackhat 2 yes $19.99 $19.99 $19.99
Avengers: Age of Ultron 2 no no no no
Woman in Gold 1 no no no no
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water 1 yes $19.99 $19.99 $19.99
The Gunman 1 no no no no
Pitch Perfect 2 1 no no no no
Jupiter Ascending 1 yes $17.99 $17.99 $19.99
Ex Machina 1 no no no no
Cinderella 1 yes $19.99 $19.99 $19.99

Site-blocking scheme, destined to fail

Earlier this week, the Australian Senate passed a controversial piece of legislation that will allow content rights holders to block sites which contain pirated content or helps facilitate online piracy. The argument that rights holders have put up is, if we block it - Australians can't pirate it. But solving the problem of piracy in Australia cannot be done by blocking sites - it simply won't work. We often hear the counter argument that if the content is available at an affordable price, Australians are willing to pay. This is evident in the rapid uptake of streaming services like Netflix, Presto and Stan in Australia where consumers are paying to watch content legally. While it's true that online streaming services like Netflix, Presto and Stan are growing rapidly, you're unlikely to find the latest hollywood blockbusters releases in their offerings. For those titles, online rental and digital download services like iTunes, Google Play Movies and EzyFlix will be your best bet - usually charging around $20 for a digital copy of the movie. But even with the site-blocking legislation now through the Parliament, Australians will likely still be able to access pirated content. Based on experience overseas in the UK, once a site such as The Pirate Bay is blocked, several new sites will immediately appear that mirrors the content of the blocked sites. While pirates can move quickly to restore access to blocked websites, ISPs and the courts would have to go through lengthy processes (potentially taking weeks or months) to approve new website blocks. The process will become a constant game of whack-a-mole between the content providers and pirates, and the pirates will always win.


Presto wins the race for streaming 2014's most pirated movies

Subscription streaming services like Netflix, Presto and Stan continually update and expand their movie offerings, some of these include last year’s blockbusters and most pirated movies. finder.com.au has found that of the movies that made it in TorrentFreak's "Top 10 most pirated movies of the week” in 2014, Presto had 42 titles available compared to Netflix Australia's 26 movies and Stan's 9 movies. Presto even beats out Netflix in the US who only has 39 of the most pirated movies of 2014 in its library.

Movie Title Number of weeks in Top 10 Presto Internet TV netflix logo Australia netflix logo United States stan
Captain America: The Winter Soldier 17 yes no yes no
Frozen 15 yes no yes no
The Wolf Of Wall Street 12 no yes no yes
22 Jump Street 10 yes no no no
Godzilla 10 yes no no no
Maleficent 10 yes no no no
12 Years a Slave 9 no no yes no
300: Rise of an Empire 9 yes no no no
Divergent 9 no no yes no
Guardians Of The Galaxy 9 yes no no no
Ride Along 9 no no yes no
A Million Ways to Die in the West 7 no no yes no
How To Train Your Dragon 2 7 no yes no no
Transformers: Age of Extinction 7 no yes yes no
Gravity 6 yes no no no
Lone Survivor 6 yes no yes no
Need For Speed 6 yes no yes no
RoboCop 6 yes yes no yes
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 6 no no yes no
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 6 yes no no yes
Thor: The Dark World 6 yes no yes no
3 Days To kill 5 no yes no yes
47 Ronin 5 no no yes no
Noah 5 no yes yes no
Homefront 4 no yes no no
Non-Stop 4 no no yes no
That Awkward Moment 4 no no yes no
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 4 no yes no no
Anchorman 2 3 no yes yes no
Bad Country 3 no no yes no
Captain Phillips 3 no no yes no
Escape Plan 3 no no yes no
Fury 3 no no yes no
Good People 3 no yes no no
I Frankenstein 3 no yes yes no
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit 3 no yes yes no
Neighbors 3 no no yes no
Oculus 3 no yes no yes
Sex Tape 3 no no yes no
The Machine 3 no yes no no
The Nut Job 3 no yes no no
The Pirate Fairy 3 yes yes no no
Vampire Academy 3 no no yes no
Brick Mansions 2 no yes no yes
Dallas Buyer's Club 2 yes no yes yes
Her 2 no no yes no
Hercules 2 yes no no no
Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa 2 no yes yes no
Last Vegas 2 no no yes no
Million Dollar Arm 2 yes no no no
Nightcrawler 2 no yes no no
Outcast 2 yes no no no
Pompeii 2 no no yes no
Sabotage 2 no yes yes no
Saving Mr. Banks 2 yes no yes no
Step Up All In 2 no no yes no
Stretch 2 no yes no no
The Prince 2 no yes no no
13 Sins 1 no yes no no
About Last Night 1 no no yes no
About Time 1 no no yes no
After The Dark 1 yes yes no no
Bad Words 1 no no yes no
Carrie 1 no yes yes yes
Delivery Man 1 yes no yes no
Drive Hard 1 no yes no yes
Earth to Echo 1 no yes no no
Grudge Match 1 yes no no no
Heaven Is For Real 1 no no yes no
Joe 1 no yes no no
Knights of Badassdom 1 yes yes yes no
Left Behind 1 no yes no no
Muppets Most Wanted 1 yes no yes no
Oldboy 1 no yes no no
Planes: Fire & Rescue 1 yes no no no
Plastic 1 no yes no no
Rush 1 no no yes no
Sleeping Beauty 1 no yes no no
Stonehearst Asylum 1 no yes no no
The Art Of The Steal 1 no yes no no
The Bag Man 1 no yes no no
The Boxtrolls 1 no yes no no
The Interview 1 no yes no no
The November Man 1 no yes no no

So, if you're the kind of person who doesn't mind watching movies a year after the release date, you might be able to make-do by purchasing a streaming subscription from providers like Netflix, Presto and Stan. Realistically, however, content providers are still slow to release their movies online for legal purchase and download. Until that is fixed, regardless of how much legislative protection the Government puts in, pirating will only continue to rise.


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Kenneth Tsang

Kenneth is finder's resident data wizard. Currently studying Geospatial Engineering at UNSW, Ken is the brains behind some of finder's most ingenious tools, like our NBN tracker and our Netflix TV shows lists. He happily identifies as a bit of an NBN geek.

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