Australian internet service providers release a proposal for dealing with online piracy

November 25, 2011 |

Lifehacker reports that  iiNet, Internode, Primus, Optus and Telstra have released a proposal for dealing with online piracy. It’s an education-based scheme that doesn’t force ISPs to cut off customers accused of piracy by movie studios.

The Communications Alliance has released a discussion paper here.

In a related development the ECJ ruled  in Scarlet Extended SA that Courts cannot force ISPs into broad filtering and monitoring for copyright-infringing traffic.

The ECJ ruling means national courts cannot force ISPs to use filter systems, installed at ISPs’ own expense and used for an unlimited period, to monitor all its customers’ electronic communications to prevent illegal file-sharing. It said that such an order would breach ISPs’ rights to freely conduct business and individuals’ rights to privacy, free speech and the protection of their personal data.

The ECJ assessed EU laws on copyright, intellectual property rights enforcement, data protection, privacy and electronic communications and the free movement of information when making its ruling. It also considered rights contained in the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights.

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