Public submissions to the Attorney-General’s consultation on revising the scope of the Copyright Safe Harbour Scheme closed on 22 November. The rationale for the safe harbour scheme is to provide legal incentives for service providers to work cooperatively with copyright owners to deter copyright infringements that are not initiated or controlled by these service providers, but which occur through their systems or networks. Currently, Carriage Service Providers (CSPs), as defined under the Telecommunications Act 1997, are the only type of service providers that qualify for the safe harbour remedial limitations. The Government has proposed expanding the scope of the scheme to include other service providers undertaking the kinds of activities covered by the scheme. The Attorney-General’s Department invited submissions from interested stakeholders and will now make its deliberations on the matter. To see the Copyright Council’s submission to the safe harbour consultation, click here

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