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  PIRACY - A NATION OF THIEVES?
With movie piracy seemingly entrenched across Australian society as an acceptable form of theft, the film industry’s watchdog is launching a new campaign in early 2007, and amendments to legislation are beefing up the law to try and change our mindset, as well as target the organised operators, reports Andrew L. Urban.
  PRODUCER OFFSET SCHEME 2007 - THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY
The good news is that the Government has passed legislation (slightly improved after industry lobbying) to enshrine its May budget proposals for rebates to film and tv producers which amounts to a new world order of funding production. The bad news is that it’s a lot trickier than it looked at first glance and the touted 40% (for features) will only apply to eligible expenditure – which excludes lots of things, including marketing. The ugly bits are to be found in the inequities unearthed while poring through the small print. Andrew L. Urban reports.
  PRODUCER OFFSET: A SERIOUSLY MISGUIDED STRATEGY
Producer Evan English wants the film industry to look very closely at the Producer Offset introduced by the previous Government in the 2007 Budget, claiming it will damage the grass roots of Australian filmmaking. In the interests of debate, we publish his essay and invite your comment (see right hand column).
PUBLIC DEBATE DERAILED BY ILL-INFORMED LAWYER PUBLIC DEBATE DERAILED BY ILL-INFORMED LAWYER
Mr Alan Anderson, Melbourne lawyer and Liberal Party member*, reveals his ignorance of the subject matter in his misguided article in the Sydney Morning Herald (Less not more, government help may be better for the box office, April 28, 2005). He begins by referring to filmmakers as "the artistic classes" which is an oddly antiquated phrase – and an oddly nonsensical idea. But it’s his disparaging reference to bureaucrats at the Film Finance Corporation making the creative decisions that sticks out as one of the most uninformed comments in the article. By Andrew L. Urban.





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