Thinking about downloading the new Suicide Squad movie to watch for your weekend in?

You might want to think again.

The big boss of Village Roadshow Graham Burke is ready for a fight, tossing around a new plan to hone down on the so-called “leeches” and “thieves” that visit illegal downloading sites to pirate movies.

Mr Burke told News.com.au Australia is towards the top of the list when it comes to online piracy, with over 1 billion users of illegal pirated websites last year.

He said the repeat offenders that are caught could be sued, or have some form of legal action taken against them.

The plan, as posted on News.com.au, is as follows:

  • Working with Google on a range of measures including the removal of links and search results directing people to pirate sites.
  • Promoting legal alternatives and pushing for shorter turnaround times and synchronising release dates with the US for popular content.
  • Suing repeat infringers with a system of penalties and fines.
  • Engaging with schools and holding public awareness campaigns that promote discussion about copyright law.

Mr Burke also threatened that if this keeps up, the movie industry will fail and movies will be no more.

“…If this were to continue, there will be no Red Dog, there will be no Mad Max, there will be no Star Wars,” he said.

“If we don’t solve this – it’s over.”

So, if you don’t want to be branded a criminal, lose a lot of money or lose your most loved films, you’ve still got time.

Buy your movies!
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