Jun 15, 2015

COPYRIGHT BILL REPORT DELIVERED


A report on the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015 has been delivered by the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee, pertaining to blocking of infringing overseas websites. The committee has recommended, subject to recommendations, that the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015 be passed, with the key recommendations as follows:

  • 'Reasonable steps to disable access to an online location' potentially including a requirement to post a landing page at the blocked online location, specifying that the relevant online location has been blocked by a court order and outlining details of that order.
  • The Government conduct a formal review of the effectiveness of the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015, to be completed two years after its enactment.
  • The Explanatory Memorandum be amended to provide greater clarity and guidance on the issue of service provider costs and liability subsequent to the service provider’s compliance with court orders made under proposed section 115A of the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth). The Bill is expected to be re-introduced to Parliament in the coming days and potentially passed into law within weeks.

The full report can be found here.