Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Graduated Response in Australia?

News today that the Australian Attorney General's Department has arranged a meeting for next month between the content industry and ISPs to discuss potential changes to the Copyright Act to increase the regulation of online piracy. This is likely to include a discussion on the need for a graduated response scheme to be introduced either through cooperation with ISPs or through legislation. So far it seems that Telstra are the only confirmed attendees but others invited include the Australian Content Industry Group, AFACT, Digital Entertainment Alliance Australia. Optus, the Internet Industry Association and the Communications Alliance. There is no one representing consumers interests.

I urge all readers to contact the Attorney General's Department and insist that some one, perhaps Electronic Frontiers Australia, be invited to attend on behalf of internet users. You can contact the Attorney General's Department by emailing

Further Reading
The Australian, A-G in call for talks on online piracy (24 August 2011) < > at 24 August 2011

Torrent Freak, Australia Steps Closer To 3-Strikes for Pirates (22 August 2011) <> at 24 August 2011

TechDirt, Australian Government Considering Three Strikes; Consumers Not Considered Stakeholders (23 August 2011) < > at 24 August 2011

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