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Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2018

Originating house
House of Representatives
Communications and the Arts


Amends the Copyright Act 1968 to amend the scope of the online copyright infringement scheme by: amending the threshold for capturing overseas online locations to those with the primary purpose or effect of infringing copyright; including a rebuttable presumption that the online location is outside Australia, to reduce the evidentiary burden on copyright owners; enabling copyright owners to seek injunctions requiring online search engine providers to take such steps as the Federal Court considers reasonable so as not to provide search results that refer users to online locations blocked under the scheme; clarifying that the Federal Court may make blocking orders which follow copyright infringing activity where operators of an overseas online location attempt to avoid the application of an injunction by creating new pathways to online locations; and enabling the minister to declare that particular online search engine providers be exempt from the scheme.

Progress of bill

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House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 18/10/18  
Second reading moved 18/10/18  
Second reading debate 24/10/18  
Second reading agreed to 24/10/18  
Third reading agreed to 24/10/18  
Introduced and read a first time 12/11/18  
Second reading moved 12/11/18  
Second reading debate 28/11/18  
Second reading agreed to 28/11/18  
Third reading agreed to 28/11/18  
Finally passed both Houses 28/11/18  
Assent 10/12/18 Act no: 157 - Year: 2018

Text of bill

  • First reading

  • As passed by both Houses


Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum


Second reading speeches

Proposed amendments

No proposed amendments have been circulated.

Schedules of amendments

Bills Digest