Australian government to take hard line on internet piracy through copyright law

The Attorney-General has flagged a rewrite of the Copyright Act that could force the nation’s internet service providers to crack down on pirates who illegally download TV shows and movies.Speaking at the Australian Digital Alliance forum in Canberra this morning Attorney-General George Brandis said he was considering a number of proposals to protect the rights of content owners, describing the act of illegally downloading copyrighted material as “theft”. see:Australian government considers crackdown on illegal downloading
The federal government is examining how to overcome the high court decision which found internet service providers (ISPs) aren’t liable when their customers download pirated movies.One possible measure would require ISPs to issue graduated warnings to consumers using websites to facilitate piracy. Government Signals Online Piracy Crackdown
In a speech earlier today, Australia’s Attorney-General George Brandis signaled a looming government crackdown on Internet piracy. In addition to a “three strikes” graduated response mechanism targeting Internet subscribers, Brandis indicated that ISPs could be forced to block websites that allow users to download or stream content without permission.Like all countries under United States entertainment industry influence, for years Australia has struggled with the thorny issue of online piracy. The U.S. has pressured its trading partner for some time, through lobbying efforts and legal action initiated by outfits such as AFACT. mulls website takedowns, warning system to tackle piracy
The federal government “will be considering possible mechanisms to provide a legal incentive for an internet service provider to cooperate with copyright owners in preventing infringement on their systems and networks,” Attorney-General George Brandis told a forum on copyright this morning.Brandis used his speech to commit to simplifying, shortening and rendering technologically neutral the Copyright Act. “No more amusing references to videotapes as we find in current section 110AA,” the attorney-general told the Australian Digital Alliance event.

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