Arts Law supports the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015

Arts Law supports the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015 as it allows copyright owners to block access to online locations that engage in the flagrant infringement of copyright. The Bill balances the interests of the copyright owners, ISPs and operators of the online location as the impact of an injunction on each stakeholder will be taken into account before the Court makes a decision to block access to an online location.

ISP Industry Code to combat online copyright infringement

In December 2014, the Federal Government tasked internet services providers with drafting an industry code to aid the fight against online copyright infringement by users. Arts Law recently made a submission to the Communications Alliance Ltd on the draft ISP Copyright Notice Scheme Industry Code.

Review of Australian Designs System – Options Paper Released

On 4 December 2014, the Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP) released an options paper concerning the review of the Australian Designs System. The registered designs system in Australia is concerned with protecting the visual appearance of a manufactured product and has not been reviewed since the commencement of the Designs Act in 2003. 

Arts Law responds to the ALRC Copyright Report

On 13 February 2014, the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) released its final report on Copyright in the Digital Economy.

Most controversially, the report recommends the introduction of fair use in Australia as a defence to copyright infringement replacing the current fair dealing exceptions.