Sabiene Heindl, Head of Australia's Music Piracy Investigations, Stepping Down
Sabiene Heindl, Head of Australia's Music Piracy Investigations, Stepping Down

Sabiene Heindl is leaving Australia's Music Industry Piracy Investigations (MIPI) unit this September to take duties as senior stakeholder advisor at NBN Co, the firm overseeing construction of the Australian government's proposed $44 billion-plus national broadband network.

Heindl, a trained lawyer, leaves the music business after 11 years, including the last five serving as General Manager of MIPI, which is involved in civil and criminal rights enforcement, lobbying and education in this market.

"It seems like the right time to move on," Heindl tells

Formerly a senior associate in the Communications, Media & Technology Group at Allens Arthur Robinson in Sydney, Heindl has also worked at the European Commission on intellectual property and competition law issues.

She leaves the top job at MIPI -- considered one of the toughest gigs in Australia's music business - having joined in 2006.

"Sabiene has done a huge amount for the Australian music community in the past five years," comments Dan Rosen, CEO of ARIA, which funds MIPI, "particularly in educating the public on respect for artist rights and bringing the issue of music piracy and its effect on the industry to the forefront. I speak on behalf of all at ARIA and our stakeholders when I say she will be sorely missed and we wish her the very best for the future."

Attention now turns to MIPI itself, and whether the vacant GM role will actually be filled. "The time is ripe for a radical reassessment of anti-piracy operations across the market," comments former MIPI GM Michael Speck, now manager of Brilliant Digital Entertainment. "Much of MIPI's structure owes itself to a different time and business environment. It is obvious that a restructure would free up resources to run a robust digital market campaign."

ARIA has yet to reveal the next stage in the evolution of MIPI.