Hollywod and Microsoft are two very different things, of course. One is has way more money than sense,is capable of influencing millions, hates piracy, siezes domains, blames Google for the drop in sales, constantly makes new versions of old things that nobody really wants whilst charging way too much for them..... And the other one is Hollywood!
(Why does Microsoft blame Google for a drop in sales? Google Docs vs Office and Android vs Windows Mobile, of course)
This content is not available in your country so you might as well pirate it because then you might actually get it before hell freezes over. Besides, why would we want your money? Crappy little Australian Dollars.
I don't know about America but the situation in Australia is that taxi drivers have to hold a taxi driver's license, the car has to be registered as a taxi (with signage, I assume) and all public liability insurance paid up. When you break it down, with fuel, it can cost $150 per day to run a fully licensed taxi car. That's just one vehicle.
The state government determines the amount that is charged by each taxi car. The amount usually goes up by a fewq cents per year. It is currently around AU$2 per kilometre (roughly AU$3.30 per mile). I do not know how much the state government gets in fees and charges from the taxi's owner but I assume they take some.
So far Uber is ssetting up in Australia and taxi drivers are concerned that they'll loose fares and thus money. They won't loose it all because people often take taxis on a whim and you can't use Uber for that. But so far the government hasn't said a thing. Either that or the Australian media doesn't care. Sometimes it is hard to tell the difference. I say give it time.
Let's face it, the government (of any country) will never stop spying on us because they can spy on us so they more than likely will. Is it right? No. But they'll do it anyway. Why should they stop (in their minds, at least).
Our current government, rumoured to be a world wide joke, is doing everything they can to screw us over at the moment. Not only have they de-funded almost all enviromental programs, they removed the position of Minister For Science from the portfolio of government.
They are claiming we are broke as a country (which is probably very true) but then commision a report, that cost millions, to try to find sollutions to the problem, but commission it from big business owners who conclude that the best thing to do is freeze the minimum wage and cut services to welfare, hospitals and schools whilst increasing taxes but not taxes on the rich, only on low and "middle" income earners.
Our federal budget will be out next Tuesday and you will hear Australia moaning collectively from wherever you live in this world as everything is being cut except government salaries and military spending.
This push for three strikes on internet or internet censorship is actually one of our least concerns at the moment and it is still a big concern. But in the grand scheme of things, it is actually quite low on the agenda for most Australians at the moment.
By the way, shortly before the election, it was announced that the government would filter the internet. The backlash was fast and servere. The policy was retracted within hours. But I don't think it was ever really retracted, it was just denied then they stopped talking about it publically.
Also, our prime minister is pushing the TPP like mad and has already signed trade agreements with Japan and China, claiming they will be good for Australia but then only releasing the details after signing, of course, leaving no room for discussion then ignoring any discussion anyway.
15 years ago, I had this idea to make a kiosk that was connected to a central server with every song ever recorded on it. And the idea was, custom CD's. You pick your songs, chuck in your money and return after several minutes to get your freshly burned CD-R. Then my idea went nowhere. Bandwidth in those days sucked. Hard drives weren't big enough. And, besides, the record companies probably wouldn't do it anyway. I mean, what if you only picked two songs from EMI, six from Sony, three from Universal and one from Warner: I bet they'd argue over who gets what? So idea good, execution non-existant, I got nothing, I don't care!
Otherwise known as the ACCC, has said, in regards to Australians being forced to pay unreasonably higher prices for software, including songs of iTunes, that if Australians know how to work around a geo-block, they should!
Dear Google Fiber, Please come to Australia and help rescue us from our incompetent government who thinks that a 0.025Gbps connection (delayed by two years) if an adequate connection speed! Our previous government offerd us between 0.1Gbps and 1Gbps connection starting to be rolled out two years ago but there was an election where (aparrently) 52% of the people voted to keep the government in so, you know, we had to change.... Help us, Google, you may be our only hope!