Source: Australia Family Law Web Guide 

Source: Australia Family Law Web Guide 

Australia continues to apply pressure for greater responsibility to be imposed on ISP for copyright infringement. For those who don't know ISP stands for Internet Service Provider. 

As the rest of the World continues to fight against safe harbours, which allows ISPs to escape liability from copyright infringement by its consumers, Australia has made another stride towards imposing greater accountability on ISPs and putting an end to rampant copyright infringement.  

Arguably, it is unrealistic to hold ISPs accountable for any infringement at the hands of its subscribers, it could be compared to holding Primark accountable for everyone who shoplifts in their store. However, the debate is centred around the contention that ISPs, albeit that they are "mere conduits", are not doing enough to ensure  compliance by their consumers as they undoubtedly profit from these subscriptions. 

Australia's Federal Court ruling means that all ISPs must disable access to all music an film piracy sites. Torrent sharing website Pirate Bay will be blocked by all ISPs , in addition the court ordered that all other BitTorrent websites have "15 business days to take reasonable steps to disable all access" .

The Claimants Foxtel and Village Road shows (representing the rights holders) have set a game changing precedent, also being the first to put the Copyright Amendment (Online infringement Bill) 2015 to the test. In welcoming the victory, Foxel CEO Peter Tonagh said: "A Major step in both directly combating piracy and educating the public that accessing content through these sites is not OK, in fact it is gives us another tool to fight the international criminals who seek to profit from the hard work actors, writers, directors and other creators the world over"

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