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Proposed New Copyright Laws Would Seriously Impact Social Media
Given that Australia ranks as one of the worst offenders for illegal downloads, it is not surprising that it wants to clean up its act and introduce stricter laws that limit improper use of copyrighted content.
While the new law has yet to been implemented, a leaked government paper has raised concerns that Australia may be taking one step too far in redressing the balance. The leaked document makes reference to the requirement for internet service providers (ISPs) to take measures to discourage or reduce online copyright infringement and makes suggestions as to how this can be achieved, such as blocking overseas sites that host pirated material and ensuring that its subscribers do not download material illegally. The document also calls for better rights of redress for copyright holders, allowing for easier enforcement against infringements, such as forcing ISPs to remove or block access to sites that host pirated material. There would be obvious implications for social networking users who would need to use caution when posting and sharing material in order not to fall foul of copyright infringement.