Simpsons Solicitors

Is the Harbour Safe?

October 27th 2011

The Attorney-General’s Department has released a consultation paper outlining proposals to amend the Copyright Act 1968 to broaden the scope of the “safe harbour” provisions.

(These provisions aim to provide incentives for an Internet Service Provider (ISP) to put in place measures to deter people using the ISP’s services to infringe copyright; the provisions do this by limiting the remedies a court can grant if the ISP has met the “safe harbour” requirements.)

In announcing the release of the paper, the Department noted that, generally speaking, the current definition does not cover educational institutions, work places, or online services such as search engines.

Submissions and comments are due by 22 November 2011, and the paper is available at:

http://nationalsecurity.ag.gov.au/www/agd/agd.nsf/Page/Consultations_reforms_and_reviews

If you want advice on how the proposals might affect you, contact copyright lawyer Adam Simpson or Ian McDonald, Special Counsel, Copyright, at Simpsons Solicitors.