Anti-Piracy bill passes Australian Senate

Following extensive discussions from within the government in the form of a Parliamentary Committee, legislation passed the Senate late Monday night which will allow content rights holders to seek court injunctions to block access to overseas sites harboring Illegally sourced content.

The laws which are modeled on those currently operating in the United Kingdom have been backed with support from Labor and will not cover locally hosted websites or Virtual Private Networks that are being used extensively for accessing overseas variants of online streaming services from the country.

When considering an injunction under the legislation, the Federal court will need to consider the seriousness of infringements and whether blocking access is appropriate or in the public interest before being granted…which should reduce the cases of the injunctions being used for legitimate websites as per the concerns of Crossbench Senators within the parliament.

A review of the laws will be completed within 18 months of their implementation.

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