New copyright laws strengthen Australia’s digital landscape
27 June 2018
Government has today delivered important reforms that will extend the current
safe harbour scheme in the Copyright Act 1968 to institutions in the
educational, cultural and disability sectors.
The passage of
the Copyright Amendment (Services Providers) Bill 2017 builds on the
Government’s commitment to modernise Australia’s 50 year old copyright laws.
Communications, Senator Mitch Fifield, said the new legislation will improve
copyright protections for the disability, educational and cultural sectors and
facilitate more confident use of digital technologies and tools, particularly
in the digital education environment.
harbour scheme will protect these sectors from legal liability where they can
demonstrate they have taken reasonable steps to reduce copyright infringement
on their online systems or networks,” Minister Fifield said.
universities play a vital role in providing services to millions of students
and staff every day. Classrooms are increasingly interactive and connected,
with virtually every aspect of education today involving some use of digital
The Bill will
help nearly 9,500 primary and secondary schools and 41 universities across
Australia to confidently provide digital services to their 3.5 million school
and more than 1.3 million higher education students.
archives and key cultural institutions will also have greater flexibility to
provide vital connectivity services and support to millions of Australians,
including caching user searches, hosting social media content, and providing
passage of the Bill is the result of extensive consultation with copyright
users and rights holders. The
Government is continuing to work with stakeholders on a number of other
copyright modernisation reforms.
Authorised by Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, Liberal Party of Australia, Parliament House, Canberra.