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Topic # 159719 10-Dec-2014 16:04
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The Government has today announced new measures to ensure Australians make informed choices when accessing online content and to strengthen the industry’s ability to tackle online copyright infringement.

Copyright protection provides an essential mechanism for ensuring the viability and success of creative industries by incentivising and rewarding creators. The rapid growth of the Internet has brought significant challenges to the protection of copyright, due to the ease with which material can be digitally copied and shared, at little or no cost.

The Government has sought the least burdensome and most flexible way of responding to concerns about online copyright infringement, while protecting the legitimate interests of the rights holders in the protection of their intellectual property.

The Attorney-General and the Minister for Communications have written to industry leaders requiring them to immediately develop an industry code with a view to registration by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) under Part 6 of the Telecommunications Act 1997. The code will include a process to notify consumers when a copyright breach has occurred and provide information on how they can gain access to legitimate content.

The Minister and the Attorney-General expect strong collaboration between rights holders, internet service providers (ISPs) and consumers on this issue. A copy of the letter to the industry leaders is attached.

Failing agreement within 120 days, the Government will impose binding arrangements either by an industry code prescribed by the Attorney-General under the Copyright Act 1968 or an industry standard prescribed by the ACMA, at the direction of the Minister for Communications under the Telecommunications Act.

The Government will also amend the Copyright Act, to enable rights holders to apply for a court order requiring ISPs to block access to a website, operated outside of Australia, which provides access to infringing content.

In a world of rapid changes in technology and human behaviour, there is no single measure that can eliminate online copyright infringement. In light of this the Government will review the measures, 18 months after they are implemented, to assess their effectiveness.

The issue of affordability and accessibility of legitimate content is a key factor in reducing online copyright infringement. The Government welcomes recent action by content owners and expects industry to continue to respond to this demand from consumers in the digital market.

These measures, to be introduced in early 2015, follow extensive consultation with industry and consumer groups and evaluation of submissions to the Online Copyright Infringement Discussion Paper.




I wonder if companies will use the "...to enable rights holders to apply for a court order requiring ISPs to block access to a website, operated outside of Australia, which provides access to infringing content." clause and block providers such as Netflix and Hulu.






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  Reply # 1195000 10-Dec-2014 16:13
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Sounds like they're setting up The Great wall of Australia.  They must have got some pointers from the Chinese President when he was over there..




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  Reply # 1195103 10-Dec-2014 18:11
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Failing agreement within 120 days, Prime Minister Tony Abbott will shirt-front industry leaders one at a time at the direction of the Minister for Communications under the Telecommunications Act.




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  Reply # 1195136 10-Dec-2014 18:41
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Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

So presumably ban VPNs, access to TOR and cloud providers?

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  Reply # 1195377 11-Dec-2014 07:48
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This is government control of the internet. Great. So in Australia you will have the bizarre situation of American copyright holders asking the Australian government to block access to American content services in Australia. Government control is very bad for the internet. This madness can only lead to more of the same like government control of vpn accounts and encryption. It is not good for the citizen.

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