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2013-2014-2015

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

 

Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015

 

 

(1)     Schedule 1, page 3 (before line 4), before item 1, insert:

1A  At the end of Part III

Add:

Division 10 Geoblocking avoidance facilities

83A   Geoblocking avoidance facilities

                   In this Division:

geoblocking avoidance facility means a device, product, technology or component (including a computer program) that is used in Australia to control, disguise or block the geographical location of a person or device.

For the purposes of this definition, computer program has the same meaning as in section 47AB.

83B   Provision, offer or use of geoblocking avoidance facility does not constitute infringement

             (1)  If a person either:

                     (a)  provides a geoblocking avoidance facility to another person; or

                     (b)  offers a geoblocking avoidance facility to the public;

then, despite any other provision of this Act, the person does not infringe any copyright under this Part merely by providing or offering the geoblocking avoidance facility.

             (2)  Despite any other provision of this Act, a person does not infringe any copyright under this Part merely by using a geoblocking avoidance facility.

1B  After Division 6 of Part IV

Insert:

Division 6A Geoblocking avoidance facilities

112F   Geoblocking avoidance facilities

                   In this Division:

geoblocking avoidance facility means a device, product, technology or component (including a computer program) that is used in Australia to control, disguise or block the geographical location of a person or device.

For the purposes of this definition, computer program has the same meaning as in section 47AB.

112G   Provision, offer or use of geoblocking avoidance facility does not constitute infringement

             (1)  If a person either:

                     (a)  provides a geoblocking avoidance facility to another person; or

                     (b)  offers a geoblocking avoidance facility to the public;

then, despite any other provision of this Act, the person does not infringe any copyright under this Part merely by providing or offering the geoblocking avoidance facility.

             (2)  Despite any other provision of this Act, a person does not infringe any copyright under this Part merely by using a geoblocking avoidance facility.

[geoblocking]

(2)     Schedule 1, item 1, page 3 (lines 13 and 14), omit paragraph 115A(1)(b), substitute:

                     (b)  the online location flagrantly infringes the copyright; and

[flagrancy; facilitation]

(3)     Schedule 1, item 1, page 3 (lines 15 and 16), omit “, or to facilitate the infringement of,”.

[facilitation]

(4)     Schedule 1, item 1, page 3 (after line 17), after subsection 115A(1), insert:

          (1A)  To avoid doubt, for the purposes of subsection (1) a virtual private network is not an online location.

[virtual private networks]

(5)     Schedule 1, item 1, page 3 (line 26), omit “proceedings.”, substitute “proceedings; and”.

[public interest parties]

(6)     Schedule 1, item 1, page 3 (after line 26), at the end of subsection 115A(3), add:

                     (d)  if a person or body with a public interest in the action makes an application to be joined as a party to the proceedings—that person or body.

[public interest parties]

(7)     Schedule 1, item 1, page 4 (lines 10 and 11), omit “, or the flagrancy of the facilitation of the infringement,”.

[facilitation]

(8)     Schedule 1, item 1, page 4 (lines 14 and 15), omit “, or facilitate an infringement of,”.

[facilitation]

(9)     Schedule 1, item 1, page 5 (after line 7), after paragraph 115A(8)(a), insert:

                    (aa)  any other person with an interest in whether or not the injunction should be rescinded or varied; or

[review for interested parties]