Australia's Stop Online Piracy Act: Copyright Law, Site-Blocking, and Search Filters in an Age of Internet Censorship

The Canberra Law Review, Forthcoming

Posted: 7 Jul 2019

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Matthew Rimmer

Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Date Written: July 1, 2019

Abstract

Relying upon the work of Cory Doctorow, this paper argues that Australia’s copyright regime for site-blocking and search-filtering poses a threat to consumer rights, competition policy, and Internet Freedom. This paper first reviews the model of the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Act 2015 (Cth) introduced by the then Minister for Communications and the Arts the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull. Secondly, it explores the flurry of cases brought by the film, television, and music industries in respect of this legislative regime. Third, this paper evaluates the expansion of this regime with the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Act 2018 (Cth). In light of such developments, the conclusion calls for a new approach for Internet regulation by the Australian Parliament. It highlights the need for a bill of rights in Australia for a digital age. As Sir Tim Berners-Lee says, we need a Magna Carta to protect an open and accessible Internet.

Keywords: Copyright Law, Site-Blocking, Internet Search Engines, Search-Blocking, Internet Service Providers, Internet Filter, Free Speech, Internet Freedom, Censorship, Copyright Enforcement

Suggested Citation

Rimmer, Matthew, Australia's Stop Online Piracy Act: Copyright Law, Site-Blocking, and Search Filters in an Age of Internet Censorship (July 1, 2019). The Canberra Law Review, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3414679

Matthew Rimmer (Contact Author)

Queensland University of Technology (QUT) ( email )

Level 4, C Block Gardens Point
2 George St
Brisbane, Queensland QLD 4000
Australia

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