Submission in response to the Digital Platforms Inquiry final report

Once again the Australian Digital Alliance (ADA) welcomes the opportunity to provide comment in relation to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Digital Platforms Inquiry; this time providing comments to the government in response to the final Inquiry report released by the ACCC on Friday 26 July 2019.

The ADA made a submission to The Treasury about the recommendations in the final report of the ACCC Digital Platforms Inquiry. Our submission predominantly focused on recommendation 8 of the Inquiry, which proposes a mandatory ACMA digital platforms take-down code. We argued that the ACCC’s proposal to create an additional and separate takedown scheme that duplicates and competes with the established Australian safe harbour scheme and the internationally recognised DMCA takedown system will add confusion and complexity to copyright.

We also made some comments on authorisation law and compensation for the use of news content on digital platforms in the submission.