Associations and institutions are welcome to apply to become members of the ALCC.
In response to the Online Copyright Infringement Discussion Paper the ALCC strongly supports the extension of safe harbour to cover libraries but does not support the extension to authorisation liability.
The recent Government online copyright infringement discussion paper made three main recommendations that could impact on libraries.
The ALCC submission strongly supports the extension of the ‘safe harbour’ scheme to cover libraries. The safe harbours mean that libraries will not be liable for financial penalties for copyright infringements that occur for activities such as provision of internet and caching, as long as they follow the preventative steps prescribed.
However we do not support the extension to authorisation liability. While the paper concentrates on the effect of this measure on ISPs, libraries would also be subject to the changes. In a research paper commissioned by the Australian Digital Alliance, Dr Rebecca Giblin outlines some real world examples of acts that might be caught in an expanded definition.
We also have some concerns about the proposal to block overseas websites, and would like to see further strengthening of safeguards.
About the consultation
Information about the Attorney-General’s Department Online Copyright Infringement Public Consultation was available on the Attorney-General’s Department website.
Download the submission
You can download the submission as a Word Open XML Document (DOCX).