Federal Attorney-General willing to consider legislation if ISPs do not comply.
By Tim Colwill on May 6, 2014 at 4:31 pm
Federal Attorney-General George Brandis is set to implement controversial new anti-piracy legislation “as early as this week”, according to new reports coming out of Fairfax Media.
Two proposals are currently being considered as part of the move: the first is a “three strikes” system for people who repeatedly download illegal content, and the second is the development of a blacklist for sites such as The Pirate Bay.
Brandis is keen to make a voluntary code of practice for ISPs but warned that he was willing to legislate if they did not agree, saying to Fairfax that ISPs “need to take some responsibility” and that they “provide the facility which enables this to happen”.
iiNet’s Steve Dalby told Fairfax that ISPs should not be responsible for “protecting the rights of American companies”, warning that the proposals could cost “in the order of tens of millions.”
“There doesn’t seem to be any empirical evidence that either blocking websites or sending harsh notices to customers does anything to reduce the incidence of piracy. Show me the evidence,” said Dalby. “As a secondary issue, if we are convinced that it actually will reduce the level of piracy, then we need to talk about who is going to pay for it.”
iiNet has a long and established history of concern over copyright cases. The full background of iiNet’s position on piracy and copyrighted content, as well as their successful victory in the Australian High Court over industry body AFACT — which established that ISPs are not responsible for what users do with their connections — can be seen here.