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Three strikes in Australia

Communications Australia has released a draft Industry Code introducing 3 strikes (and a preliminary discovery application) into Australia

Online copyright infringement reforms announced

Government gives industry last chance to agree industry code before imposing one and will introduce injunctions to block access to 3rd party websites

Copyright, ISPs and authorisation 2

The online copyright infringement discussion paper has been released officially.

Attorney-General on copyright reform DownUnder

The Attorney-General has given a speech outlining what looks like a major effort to reform copyright law

Another copyright in project homes case

Some 5 years after it went hunting, Tamawood[1] has successfully sued Habitare (now with administrators and receivers and managers appointed) for infringing copyright in house plans. Copyright in some plans was infringed (Torrington v Duplex 1 & Duplex B); but not in others (Conondale / Dunkeld v Duplex 2 & Duplex A). One point of interest: Habitare commissioned Tamawood to develop plans for 2 new houses for it. These plans.. Read More

Roadshow: second look

Now I’ve had some time to look at the Roadshow decision, I think it falls near the territory of the House of Lords’ Amstrad ruling but doesn’t go as far as the Supreme Court of Canada’s CCH Canada ruling. The only issue before the High Court was whether or not iiNet (the ISP) was liable for authorising the infringements of copyright committed by 11 of its subscribers, who made available.. Read More

Roadshow v iiNet

The High Court has unanimously dismissed Roadshow’s appeal in the case against iiNet. On a first look, there are some references suggesting that our law is being brought back in line with the UK (CBS v Amstrad) and Canada (CCH Canada v Law Society of Upper Canada). Consideration will have to await further review. Although unanimous, there are 2 judgments: as in iceTV, French CJ, Crennan and Kiefel JJ in.. Read More

ISP gets DMCA win in USA

The Ninth Circuit has affirmed the trial court’s summary dismissal of UMG copyright claims against Veoh on the basis of §512(c) – the ‘hosting’ safe harbour. UMG argued 3 reasons why §512(c) did not apply: First, UMG argues that the alleged infringingactivities do not fall within the plain meaning of “infringe-ment of copyright by reason of the storage [of material] at thedirection of a user,” a threshold requirement under§ 512(c)(1)… Read More

ISPs and filtering

While we wait with bated breath for the High Court’s deliberations on Roadshow v iiNet (transcript of hearing here, here and here), it is worth noting that the CJEU (formerly the ECJ) has struck down an injunction against an ISP which required the ISP to monitor all its users’ traffic and filter (block) copyright infringing material. SABAM, the Belgian authors’ collecting society (counterpart to APRA) obtained an interlocutory injunction against.. Read More

Roadshow v iiNet

The film studios have announced they have sought special leave to appeal from the Full Federal Court’s 2-1 decision dismissing their claim that iiNet infringed their copyright by ‘authorising’ its subscribers’ infringing activities. AFACT press release iiNet press release. Meanwhile, the iiA is still working on a workable solution for the future.