Mainly intellectual property (IP) issues Down Under

Online copyright infringement in australia

Playing catch up: last month saw some significant developments for online copyright infringement in Australia: First, Dallas Buyers Club’s lawyers announced it is no longer pursuing its court action to get prelimiary discovery of the contact details of the 4726 alleged infringers: it’s over; Secondly, Mr Burke from Village Roadshow announced that the proposed Graduated Response industry code has been shelved; Thirdly, Village Roadshow and Foxtel announced that they are.. Read More

Dallas Buyers Club No 5

Perram J has rejected Dallas Buyers Club’s latest attempt to get permission to send those letters of demand out. Last time out, Perram J said DBC could get the names and addresses of the 4726 “downloaders”[1] only if it gave undertakings to use the information for the purposes of resolving its infringement allegations. limited the demands for compensation to the retail price of a download and some part of the.. Read More

Blocking injunctions – the Bill

The Commonwealth Government has introduced into Parliament the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015. This bill will implement the the Government’s proposal for injunctions requiring ISPs to block access to offshore websites that infringe copyright.

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

Dallas Buyers Club sues to identify internet subscribers

Dallas Buyers Club LLC seeks preliminary discovery to identify alleged unauthorised downloaders of the film

Attorney-General on copyright reform DownUnder

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

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

Copyright safe harbour scheme

Links to the Consulatation Paper on the Copyright safe harbour scheme for carriage service providers. Broadly, the safe harbour schemes provide some protection from some remedies for carriage service providers: Category A – acting as a conduit for internet activities by providing facilities for transmitting, routing or providing connections for copyright material Category B – caching through an automatic process Category C – storing copyright material on their systems or.. Read More