With the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Act 2015 receiving royal assent, Australia joins a number of nations with a process for rights holders to block sites the infringe (or facilitate the infringement of) copyright .
Controversial legislation that could see websites that ‘facilitate’ copyright infringement blocked looks likely to pass the Australian Parliament in the next fortnight after the LNP and ALP agreed to minor amendments.
The Australian Digital Alliance (ADA) is seeking an Executive Officer to manage its affairs and contribute to copyright policy development and advocacy in Australia and overseas. The position will also fill the role of Copyright and Policy Adviser to the Australian Libraries Copyright Committee (ALCC).
UPDATE: A new plan has been hatched that will allow the House to vote on a decoupled TPA Bill and then send that back to the Senate. The vote will happen Thursday USA time, the numbers are unclear at this stage.
All eyes are on the federal government this week as we await a signal about the likely fate of controversial website-blocking legislation.
With the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee report postponed till 29 May, there's hopefully time for some solid amendments to the Bill. So what are the issues with the current drafting?
As part of the suite of measure to tackle online copyright infringement, the Government has introduced the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015. The arrival of the legislation was foreshadowed in the discussion paper last year, however the bill presented to parliament on 26 March has a number of significant departures from that proposal.