Australia

Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Act 2015

Year of Version:2015
Date of Entry into Force:June 27, 2015
Date of Text (Enacted):July 26, 2015
Type of Text:Main IP Laws: enacted by the Legislature
Subject Matter:Copyright and Related Rights (Neighboring Rights), Enforcement of IP and Related Laws
Notes:
The notification by Australia to the WTO under Article 63.2 of TRIPS states:
'The Act amends the Copyright Act 1968 to enable the owner of a copyright to apply to the Federal Court of Australia ('Federal Court') for an order requiring a Carriage Service Provider (CSP) to block access to an online location that has the primary purpose of infringing copyright or facilitating the infringement of copyright.
The Act provides that copyright owners are able to apply directly to the Federal Court for an injunction to disable access to an infringing online location, without having to first establish the CSP's liability for copyright infringement or authorisation of copyright infringement. This judicial process is more efficient and avoids implicating CSPs unnecessarily.
The injunction power only applies to online locations operated outside Australia.
The Court has discretion to take into account a number of factors before granting an injunction.
These factors include:
• the flagrancy of the infringement or its facilitation;
• whether disabling access to the online location is a proportionate response in the circumstances;
• the impact on any person likely to be affected by the grant of the injunction; and
• whether it is in the public interest to disable access to the online location.
The factors that the Federal Court of Australia may take into account before granting an injunction to disable access to an overseas infringing online location set an intentionally high threshold test for satisfaction by the Court. The purpose of these changes is to allow a specific and targeted remedy to prevent those online locations which flagrantly disregard the rights of copyright owners from facilitating access to infringing copyright content.
The injunction power operates as a no-fault remedy. It is not intended to affect existing laws on infringement, copyright exceptions or limitations, authorisation liability or any of the safe harbour conditions. Furthermore, the Court granting an injunction would not create a presumption that the CSP has infringed copyright nor authorised the infringement of copyright.'
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Related Legislation:
WIPO Lex No.:AU413

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