A Bill was introduced in Parliament today to extend safe harbour provisions in the Copyright Act 1968.
6 December 2017
Safe harbour provisions will be extended to include the disability, education, library, archive and cultural sectors through the Copyright Amendment (Service Providers) Bill 2017.
The new measures will protect these sectors from legal liability where they can demonstrate they have taken reasonable steps to reduce copyright infringement on their online platforms. The measures will also make it easier for copyright owners to work with these sectors to prevent copyright infringement by their users.
The Bill was informed by consultations the Department held with stakeholders earlier this year. Following passage of the Bill, and in line with other copyright reform priorities, the Government will continue to work with stakeholders about how the scheme can be expanded to accommodate other service providers in the future.