June 2015


June 25, 2015 6:23 PM | Posted by Rebecca Dutkowski | Permalink
The High Court of England and Wales has used its powers under UK copyright law to force the five main internet service providers (ISPs) in the UK - BT, Virgin Media, Sky, TalkTalk and EE - to block access to seven foreign websites hosting pirated e-books. Similar powers will be introduced into Australian law once the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015 (Cth) receives royal assent. read more
June 18, 2015 5:04 PM | Posted by Helen Paterson and Charles Alexander | Permalink

On 11 June 2015, the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee released its report on the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015 (Bill).  The Committee (with the Greens dissenting) recommended that the Bill be passed, subject to the Committee's other recommendations. On Tuesday, the Bill was passed with an amendment in the House of Representatives.  A Supplementary Explanatory Memorandum (Supplementary EM) was also  released.  The Bill is now with the Senate and it is expected that it will be passed soon.

We now take a look at the Government's responses to the Committee's recommendations, as shown in the amendment to the Bill and the Supplementary EM.

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