[LINK] Conroy vows to tackle illegal file sharin
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Wed Jul 15 10:46:03 AEST 2009
Conroy vows to tackle illegal file sharing
By Ben Grubb
Jul 15, 2009 7:07 AM
Government promises to "facilitate" a solution.
Federal communications minister Stephen Conroy has vowed to fight
illegal file sharing head on in a report on the Digital Economy.
In a report unveiled at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney last night,
Senator Stephen Conroy, Minister for Broadband, Communications and the
Digital Economy, said the Government, among other promises, will
"facilitate development of an appropriate solution to the issue of
unauthorised file sharing".
"The Government recognises a public policy interest in the resolution of
this issue," the report said. "A number of submissions received during
the consultation phase for the development of this paper argued that a
role for Government exists in addressing the apparent popularity of
peer-to-peer file sharing of music and movies, without the necessary
permissions of the relevant copyright owners".
The report goes on to outline submissions made to the department by
"One solution proposed by copyright owners is a "three strikes" or
"graduated response" proposal under which copyright owners would work
together with ISPs to identify the ISP's customers who are suspected of
unauthorised file sharing and the ISP would then send a notice on behalf
of the copyright owner to that customer advising of this allegation".
This was, however, unpopular amongst many concerned about consumer rights.
"Several submissions were received which opposed this proposal for
reasons including the lack of judicial oversight of administering
sanctions based on private allegations, the lack of public transparency
about the process and concern over consumer rights," the report said.
"The Government is currently working with representatives of both
copyright owners and the Internet industry in an effort to reach an
industry-led consensus on an effective solution to this issue."
The Government's efforts to find a solution to illegal file sharing
comes as a landmark court case between The Australian Federation Against
Copyright Theft (AFACT) and Internet Service Provider (ISP) iiNet battle
over whether ISPs are responsible for preventing illegal file sharing.
Senator Conroy has previously noted he is watching this case "with
Tackling unauthorised file sharing was among many areas of focus for
Conroy's department listed in the Future Directions paper.
The paper also covers off the Government's focus on improving digital
literacy, access to Government information online, the enhancing of user
trust in digital technologies, the building of the National Broadband
Network, allocation of mobile spectrum and switchover to digital television.
The paper was developed in collaboration with industry and other
stakeholders through a three-stage consultation process that began
September last year.
It is a broad summary of the Government's aims in terms of the digital
economy portfolio, without revealing any new initiatives to meet these aims.
The report has been made available to download in full here.
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