Time to hit downloaders hard, Australian musicians say

The non-profit organisation that collects and distributes song-writing royalties to over 80,000 musicians throughout Australia and New Zealand has called for stiff penalties for consumers of pirated material online and refuted claims that better availability of content will solve Australia’s piracy problems.In a strongly worded submission to the government’s review into copyright laws, APRA AMCOS chief executive Brett Cottle said the music industry had been forced to address the piracy issue years ahead of the movie industry, and despite many legal avenues available for music buyers, piracy remained a problem.

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