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AU Internet Censorship Spells Bad News for Gamers

eldavojohn (898314) writes | more than 4 years ago

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eldavojohn (898314) writes "Kotaku's running a longer than usual investigative piece discovering what internet censorship means for games in Australia. Australia has some of the most draconian video game attitudes and the phrase "refused classification" should strike fear in game developers and publishers looking to market games in Australia. Internet censorship may expand this phrase to mean that anybody hosting anything about the game may suffer censorship in AU. Kotaku notes, 'This means that if a game is refused classification (RC) in Australia — like, say, NFL Blitz, or Getting Up — content related to these games would be added to the ISP filter. Throwing up a range of questions, foremost of those being, what happens when an otherwise harmless website — like, say, this one — hosts material from those games (screenshots, trailers, etc) that is totally fine in the US or Japan or Europe, but that has been refused classification in Australia?' Kotaku received a comment from the Australian Department of Broadband Communication promising that the whole website won't be blocked, just the material related to the game (videos, images, etc). Imagine maintaining that blacklist!"
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