Media statements and opinion pieces by the Australian Digital Alliance in response to copyright law and policy developments.

Media Statements

  • 20 April 2012

    The High Court of Australia was unanimous today in finding that internet service provider, iiNet, could not be held responsible for the unauthorised file sharing of their subscribers under the doctrine of authorisation of copyright infringement in Australia.

    The Australian Digital Alliance, the peak body representing copyright users and innovators in Australia, filed to intervene in the proceedings on behalf of libraries, universities, and other intermediaries providing internet services.

  • 20 April 2011

    Respected copyright academic Kimberlee Weatherall has authored a policy paper for the Australian Digital Alliance (ADA) as a contribution to the crucial discussion on the copyright reform Australia’s digital economy needs.

    Kimberlee’s paper, Internet Intermediaries and Copyright: an Australian Agenda for Reform is available on the ADA’s website: www.digital.org.au/submission/documents/Weatherall-InternetIntermediariesandCopyright.pdf.

  • 16 November 2010

    The finalised version of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was released today. Australia participated in the negotiation of ACTA, which is an international agreement that is the frontline of the United States’ copyright industry’s battle for draconian increases in copyright enforcement to address what it sees as the challenges of the internet.

  • 04 February 2010

    The Australian Digital Alliance (ADA) welcomes today’s decision by the Federal Court in Roadshow Films v iiNet on copyright and intermediary liability. The decision affirms the importance of ISPs and other providers in the digital economy. It willbenefit the legitimate activities of consumers, educational institutions, libraries, research universities, technology developers, and search engines. To provide further certainty and clarification, the ADA calls on the Federal Government to reform Australia’s narrow, impractical and archaic safe harbours defence.

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