Web Site Blocking Application

Sydney, 18 February 2016 –  A number of internet service provider (ISP) members of Communications Alliance have been in discussion recently with content rights holders about the Federal Court injunctions that are being sought by rights holders – under s115A of the Copyright Act - to compel the ISPs to block an overseas website that is alleged to be facilitating the infringement of copyright in Australia.

The injunction application filed today is the first attempt to make use of the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Act, passed by Federal Parliament in mid-2015.

Several of the ISPs that have been approached have prepared a consistent response to a prospective court order to block a website.  This co-ordination aims to ensure that the court process is as streamlined and expeditious as possible, which in turn will help reduce costs and also save the Court’s time.

Communications Alliance is the primary telecommunications industry body in Australia. Its membership is drawn from a wide cross-section of the  communications industry, including carriers, carriage and internet  service providers, content providers, search engines, equipment vendors, IT companies, consultants and business groups.

Its vision is to  provide a unified voice for the telecommunications industry and to lead  it into the next generation of converging networks, technologies and  services. The prime mission of Communications Alliance is to promote the growth of the Australian communications industry and the protection of  consumer interests by fostering the highest standards of business ethics and behaviour through industry self-governance. For more details about Communications Alliance, see www.commsalliance.com.au.

Media information contact:
Kurt Graham kgraham@sefiani.com.au
0431 478 558