Industry code to combat online copyright infringement lodged for registration


The Communications Alliance has released the final version of the industry Code designed to help combat online copyright infringement, which will apply to approximately the largest 70 Australian Internet Service Providers (ISPs):  The Code has now been submitted for registration with the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).  The Code is the product of an intensive development process by Internet Service Providers and a broad alliance of Rights Holders from the music, film, television and performing arts industries, following the request by the Federal Government in December 2014.  The Code creates a Copyright Notice Scheme through which residential fixed internet users who are alleged to have infringed copyright online will receive an escalating series of infringement notices designed to change their behaviour and steer them toward lawful sources of content.  The effectiveness of the Code will be independently evaluated 18 months after its commencement.