Australian Government Quietly Discussing New Ways to Combat Piracy

A leaked document from the Australian government reveals discussion points on implementing a potential online piracy crackdown. Among them, changing the law to bypass a 2012 court ruling by an Australian court that protected ISP iiNet from suffering for the infringements of its users, and new legislation to allow for ISP-level blocking of alleged 'pirate' sites.

Much of this is coming from Attorney-General George Brandis, but he faces the usual accusations about a lack of transparency during the preliminary phase of discussions by digital rights groups.

The leaked document comes from Crikey (subscription) and highlights Brandis and Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull seeking industry feedback on new anti-piracy proposals.

The paper outlines the government’s views on the supposed piracy threat, that all involved (from content creators to ISPs) have an important role to play in reducing piracy, and offers up proposals that draw from initiatives and laws in the United States (Six-Strikes), UK (VCAP) and New Zealand.

TorrentFreak has all the details here but the gist of it is that the public (as usual) and rights groups are not being allowed to give their opinions on this very important subject…

Source: TorrentFreak

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