Australian Government set to address online copyright infringement

Carolyn Dalton has written an article for Hogan Lovells’ Global Media and Communications Watch on the Australian Governments recent announcement on tackling Online Infringement.

The Australian government has recently announced new initiatives to address concerns about online copyright infringement.  A frequently asked questions (FAQ) document about the reforms was also released.  There were two key planks to the announcement:

  1. A call to industry to develop a new industry code within 120 days, or face new binding regulatory arrangements to address online piracy; and
  2. Amendments to the Copyright Act 1968 (Copyright Act) will be made to enable rights holders to apply for a court order requiring ISPs to block access to websites operated outside of Australia which provide access to infringing content (usually referred to as ‘site blocking’).

You can read Carolyn’s full article here.

Should all content should be made available to everyone, everywhere, immediately?

Come and debate this issue, and the impact of internet piracy on the film industry, in Sydney on 7 November.  

Speakers include:
– Marc Fennell – Film Critic and host of Radio National technology program ‘Download This Show’
– Lori Flekser – Executive Director, Intellectual Property Awareness Foundation
– Adrianne Pecotic – CEO, Independent Cinema Association of Australia
– Tim Parsons – COO, Quickflix
– Rodney Serkowski – Founder, Pirate Party Australia

Policy Australia’s Carolyn Dalton will be moderating the debate.


Carolyn Dalton leads copyright discussions at Australian Internet Governance Forum Canberra

The Australian Internet Governance Forum was held in Canberra on 11-12 October 2012. 

Carolyn Dalton chaired panel 3 day 1 – Openness – Copyright in the online age, moving towards a workable compromise after iiNet and Optus TVNow.   

Carolyn also facilitated workshop 6 on day 2 – The internet and the ALRC copyright review.   A Google doc capturing key points from the discussion is here.

As well as copyright, the conference touched on a range of issues over the 2 days, including global internet governance, security, privacy, access and inclusion issues and specific issues for social media.