Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015 given Royal Assent


The Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015, introduced into the Australian Parliament by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull, has been given Royal Assent and passed into law.  The legislation provides for a copyright owner to apply to the Federal Court of Australia for an order requiring a carriage service provider (e.g. an ISP) to block access to an overseas website that has a primary purpose of infringing or facilitating the infringement of copyright. 

APRA AMCOS CEO Brett Cottle AM noted:

“It will give to creative industries a means to fight back, it will assist in changing the behaviour of Australian consumers and, most importantly, it will send a powerful, practical and symbolic message to the artists and creators of Australia. 

“Australia's creative industries have been waiting for a very long time for Parliament to provide an expression of support and respect for their work and their place in the life of the nation."