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Media Release: Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Foxtel today welcomed the Government’s decision to legislate to help address the issue of online piracy.

Richard Freudenstein, CEO of Foxtel said “Online piracy represents a huge threat to creative industries in Australia and around the globe.

“We recognise that there are a number of things that need to be done to address this problem. At Foxtel we are addressing the issue by making content available quickly, through our Express from the U.S. initiative, and affordably, with new pricing and the launch of the Presto service.

“The introduction of legislation will have two main effects. First, it gives us tools to deal with the operators of pirate sites. The people who run pirate sites are criminals who steal content from creators and profit from their theft.

“Secondly, it will allow us to reach out to people who download illegitimate content to educate them that what they are doing is wrong and that there are many legal options they could take. The fact that there will be legislation will itself be an important factor in sending the message that piracy is wrong.

“We look forward to working with the Government and other industry participants to develop a workable regime.”