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

Media Statements

  • 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.

  • 17 November 2009

    “PIR’s will ultimately harm Australian publishers, authors, and readers,” ADA Chair Derek Whitehead OAM.

    The Australian Digital Alliance (ADA) has expressed its disappointment at the decision by the Australian Government on 11 November to maintain the ban on the parallel importation of books, which is effectively a tax on readers.

  • 22 April 2009

    In a landmark copyright case, the High Court has ruled against Channel Nine in favour of the online start-up company IceTV.

    The High Court reversed the ruling of the Full Federal Court, saying that IceTV did not infringe Nine’s copyright when they used some of the time and title information in Nine’s programme guides.

    The Australian Digital Alliance (ADA) praised the result, noting that this case has much broader implications than whether an online company can use information contained in a TV guide.

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