Content rights holders and streaming consumers are protected from the new bill which combats piracy.
On Thursday, the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2018 was launched. It targets the fortification of the current and effective website-blocking policy introduced by the Australian government in 2015.
The new legislation aims to strengthen the government of Australia’s rulings which enable content rights holders and licensees to get Federal Court orders.
These orders command Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block piracy-oriented Internet sites. These websites are allegedly perpetrated by foreign hosts and file-hosting services that are used in sharing films and music files.
As these Australian ISPs are forced to prevent their customers from accessing websites that allow online piracy, content rights holders and licensees are empowered.
The law’s coverage will be expanded from carriage firms to online search engine companies. More websites culpable of copyright infringement will be charged as facilitated by the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2018.
This scheme makes it difficult for these offenders to bypass blocking procedures. The Department of Communications also relayed that the bill facilitates the rapid blocking of mirror pirate websites and proxies.
The bill will enable the content rights holders to apply for injunctions demanding a search engine to remove or demote search results that relate to piracy.
Under Section 115A (2) of the online infringement legislation, content rights holders can get injunctions demanding online search engine services not to give search results to consumers.
These links include uniform resource locators (URLs), Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, and domain names that enable access to piracy-related websites.
The new bill also elaborated on the meaning of “primary purpose.” It now gives reference to websites that have the basic purpose of facilitating copyright infringement or infringing.
Under the new online infringement bill, it is presumed that the host of the piracy website is outside Australia unless this is demonstrated as otherwise.
This week, content rights owner, Village Roadshow, led a group of entertainment firms in the Federal Court of Australia to fight four subtitle websites.
These movie studios also included Paramount Pictures, Universal, Warner Brothers, Twentieth Century Fox, The Walt Disney Company, and Columbia Pictures.
These complainants accuse Internet sites like opensubtitles.org, YIFY subtitles, Addic7ed, and Subscene to be offering subtitles that violate their copyright prerogatives.