Copyright law proposals have been presented to Australia's federal cabinet today, ones that outline measures like blocking Australian internet users from accessing things like The Pirate Bay (already blocked by all ISPs in the UK), but these proposals don't seem to address individuals who illegally download copyrighted material themselves.

From next year, households in the UK will be sent written warning letters when a person in that house has been seen to download copyrighted material. Up to four letters can be received per year and then… nothing. There are no actual sanctions to take action after these four "strikes" have been sent out. More on that here.

Back in Australia, today's proposal was the presented by attorney-general George Brandis and communications minister Malcolm Turnbull, and will clearly please those who wish to continue freewheeling and downloading and whatever on the internet. Rights-holders, however, will not be very happy.

The proposal instead argues that rights-holders and ISPs should work more closely on a code (a code of conduct, I guess, registered with the Australian Communications And Media Authority), which would include things like a "written warning" scheme for repeat offenders— hang on, doesn't that sound just like the failed system that will be enjoying free-reign from next year in the UK? It does very much sound like that – so why follow in our flawed footsteps?

One suggestion, and one that the proposal doesn't mention, is the possibility of "throttling" download speeds as a penalty for those who love to download. It seems like a fitting punishment, doesn't it? And one that would certainly deter people from being naughty and downloading stuff illegally.

On the other hand, Lords of the Internet Google started cracking down on YouTube-to-mp3 sites back in 2012 but is that work ongoing? And is it international?

Australia's shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus Dreyfus (genuinely great name) had this to say about it all:

"I think we need to look at practical measures of which there is some evidence of them working somewhere in the world. The government should look to do what it can to assist in what is a real problem. We have a very high rate of internet piracy in Australia, particular in film and TV products. At the same time – and Malcolm Turnbull himself has commented on this – I think we need to see more being done to make content more readily and more cheaply available. That's not something the government can be responsible for."

Perhaps if it weren't for the greed at the top of the pile, the ones who want to fleece everybody out of their money and make as much of it for themselves as they can, products from boxsets and films to CDs and even mp3 downloads could be priced cheaper. When someone looks at purchasing a new album for £14, for instance, and then sees that they can get it online for free – and especially if they haven't got all that much money themselves – which option would they choose?

Read the full story over at the Sydney Morning Herald (very fitting acronym: SMH).

Speaking of Australia… Ultracool Sydney-based label Future Classic is releasing a 2014 compilation and it's full of greatness.