I seriously love my friends. They’re a varied crew, all interested in a huge range of subjects. There is one common thread, however. They’re almost all into what is right.
I recently received this email from a friend in regards to a conversation underway about an online copyright infringement discussion paper. As it is a subject rather close to my heart, I thought I would share its contents with you. It is from the Australian Digital Alliance.
It continues to be an exciting year for copyright in Australia! Of particular note is the government’s request for feedback on its proposals on online copyright infringement which are due on 1 September 2014.
Online Copyright Infringement Discussion Paper
The government recently released a discussion paper aimed at reducing online copyright infringement. The paper had three main proposals:
We have a quick overview of the proposals and have blogged some preliminary responses to the proposal to extend authorisation liability. While this measure is directed ISPs, it is not restricted to ISPs, meaning that the changes will impact on other intermediaries such as schools, libraries, online platforms and universities. In particular we are concerned that:
We have commissioned Dr Rebecca Giblin to write a paper that examining the effects on intermediaries and also do a comparative analysis of the forms of secondary liability with other core jurisdictions.
We will of course be putting in a submission, and would encourage others to do the same. EFA has put together some consumer facing materials that may be useful and CHOICE is asking for consumer stories about access to content. I haven’t seen anything from groups such as the Copyright Council, but if you have additional resources please feel free to bring them to our attention!
Negotiations on the TPP continue, the next meeting will be in the first week in September in Hanoi. The intention still seems to be concluding the agreement in November, but this hinges a lot on whether Japan, the US and Canada can sort out the market access issues. We continue to liaise at departmental and political level to ensure that the negotiators and decision makers are aware of the potential effects on user groups.
We’ve also recently put in a submission to the Competition Policy Review (done a fair amount of media about the lack of movement on the IT Pricing recommendations \and supporting the work of the libraries at WIPO
Within the Attorney-General’s department a small group has been created to look at copyright reform, including online infringement and the ALRC recommendations. We continue to work on this, and will be looking to some wider advocacy efforts toward the end of the year.
And, in some excellent news, we finally signed the Marrakesh Treaty!
If anyone is in Melbourne on Tuesday/Wednesday do consider coming to AuIGF – I’ll be speaking on panels about regulation on the internet and intermediary liability.