Australian Attorney-General signals shift in safe harbour provisions

The Federal Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, has signalled moves to expand provisions harbouring internet service and online content providers from litigation by copyright holders.Under the plan outlined in a speech addressing a copyright law conference in Sydney today, McClelland said legislation regarding the definition of carriage service providers could potentially be expanded to include the likes of Google, Yahoo! and other content magnates, as well ISPs currently included. In doing so, he said, the companies would be incentivised to work with rights holders to prevent copyright infringement, and would not be seen as authorising infringement.

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