On 18 October 2018 the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2018 (Cth) (the “Bill”) was introduced to Federal Parliament’s House of Representatives by Paul Fletcher MP, Minister for Families and Social Services, on behalf of Communications Minister Senator Mitch Fifield, with the Bill proposing amendments to the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth).
The Bill has passed the House of Representatives and is awaiting introduction to the Senate.
According to the Bill’s Explanatory Memorandum (the “EM”), the Bill:
reports that Communications Minister Mitch Fifield has said the changes will make it harder for sites that host pirated content “to circumvent blocking measures”. The article also reports the introduction of the Bill is hoped to strengthen Government’s “existing, successful website blocking scheme introduced ... in 2015”.
In addition, copyright owners would be able to seek Federal Court orders:
The Bill amends the scope of the online copyright infringement scheme in s 115A of the Act to enable “copyright owners to more effectively enforce their rights by disrupting the supply to Australians by online locations operated outside Australia of material that infringes copyright, or facilitates the infringement of copyright”.
The Bill’s EM indicates the changes to s 115A of the Act will:
The Minister said while the existing blocking scheme had been initially successful there was still “a proportion of Australian users who seek out infringing sites and there are still pathways to get to these sites”, with search engines and cyber-lockers being targeted.
In the Minister’s Second Reading Speech, he commented:
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