We've completed our submission to the public consultation being conducted by the Battle of CopyrightAttorney-General's Department about online copyright infringement.

Our primary points are:

  1. there has been no convincing, independent evidence presented that demonstrates that online copyright infringement is any more prevalent in Australia than in comparable countries.
  2. the proposals contained in the Department's Discussion Paper (excluding the extension of the safe harbour provisions, which we support) are unlikely to be effective in reducing the rate of online copyright infringement in Australia. On the contrary, they are likely to increase costs for consumers, increase business uncertainty and risk, and will burden the courts with ultimately futile attempts to block overseas websites.
  3. the proposals for website blocking and extensions of authorisation liability pose a significant threat to privacy and free speech.

See our submission here [PDF]

Copyright Forum Tuesday 9th September 6.30pm

Tomorrow night, we'll be attending a public forum convened by the Communications Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, that will discuss the proposals.

There will be a live stream available from here, starting at 6.30pm. We'll be live-tweeting and you can follow the conversation with the hashtag #CopyrightAU.

Other submissions

You may also be interested in the following submissions from other organisations:

 

2 comments

  1. Dear efa,
    Thank you for your action towards the copyright infringement legislation that is being attempted to be put into law. The statistics and information supplied by the efa and related posts is most interesting and certainly puts a hole in the logic of such a legislation. These posts have clarified the spin that is being fed to we the consumers. The Attorney-General's Department obviously must realise that we the consumers are more than prepared to pay a fair price for a production.

    Thank you for your activism. If there is anything I can do to help please make it known on your website,

    Yours sincerely,
    Margaret Hill

    Comment by Margaret Hill on 9 September 2014 at 21:00
  2. Dear efa,
    Thank you for your action concerning the copyright infringement legislation that is being attempted to be put into law. The statistics and information supplied by the efa and related posts is most interesting and certainly puts a hole in the logic of such a legislation. These posts have clarified the spin that is being fed to we the consumers. The Attorney-General's Department obviously must realise that we the consumers are more than prepared to pay a fair price for a production.

    Thank you for your activism. If there is anything I can do to help please make it known on your website,

    Yours sincerely,
    Margaret Hill

    Comment by Margaret Hill on 9 September 2014 at 21:01