28 Nov Tech Giants Criticize Australia’s Piracy Site-Block Bill
The Digital Industry Group, recently criticized Australia’s proposed piracy site-block amendments in its submission to the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2018 consultation.
The group, whose members include Google, Instagram, Yahoo, YouTube, Redbubble, and Oath, said that tech companies have spent thousands of hours and millions of dollars in developing technology-based solutions to fighting online infringement. DIGI also gave five reasons why there was no need for amendments, saying that a site-blocking application has never been rejected by the court; that it makes the scheme so broad that it risks legitimate websites being blocked.
DIGI also said that the expansion to online search engines would be “unprecedented and unnecessary”; that the safe harbour scheme must be expanded if the site-blocking scheme is expanded; and that the removal of the Federal Court oversight would be “highly problematic”.