Issue No 23: 10 August 2015



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Comms Essential - Online Copyright Infringement Scheme & Website Blocking Legislation
26 August 2015 (Sydney and Melbourne)
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Communications Essentials - Copyright Infringement Scheme & Website Blocking Legislation
Sydney and Melbourne (via videoconference) Wednesday 26 August 2015


Communications Alliance, internet service providers and rights holders have cooperatively written a copyright notice scheme code and have submitted it to the industry regulator, the ACMA, for consideration for registration. Negotiations are ongoing between the parties to finalise a commercial agreement, including cost-sharing, that will allow the Code and scheme to begin operating.

Government also recently passed the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015 which allows copyright owners to seek an injunction to require ISPs to block access to any overseas website which has with the primary purpose of facilitating online copyright infringement.

As service providers and rights holders work to understand what the new scheme requires and what processes and costs it entails, Communications Alliance Members are invited to attend a Comms Essentials seminar on the Online Copyright Infringement Scheme & the Website Blocking Legislation in Sydney and Melbourne on 26 August 2015.

Who should attend:

Attendance is recommended for Communications Alliance members – representatives from internet service providers, law firms and other industry stakeholders who want to understand the intricacies of the new scheme and legal requirements and get an overview of different stakeholder perspectives.


  • Overview of the online copyright infringement scheme and legal overview of the website blocking legislation  Speaker: Patrick Fair, Partner, Baker & McKenzie
  • Industry overview and approach to online copyright infringement  Speaker: Gary Smith, Head of Regulatory Compliance, Regulatory Affairs, Optus Chair of CA Working Committee 66 Online Copyright Infringement.
  • Rights holder’s perspective  Speaker: Bruce Maegher, Director Corporate Affairs, Foxtel
  • Internet Service Provider’s perspective  Speaker: tbc
  • Q&A  Facilitator: John Stanton, CEO, Communications Alliance
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Second Internet of Things Industry & Stakeholder Workshop

Communications Alliance invites all members and other interested parties to the second IoT Industry and Stakeholder workshop.

The recently established Communications Alliance IoT Think Tank focuses on identifying and addressing enablers and inhibitors for IoT and on helping create an environment that allows the full potential of IoT services and their cross-sectoral benefits to be realised in Australia. The program equally focuses on the opportunity for Australian companies to be early beneficiaries of new business models through IoT and for Australia to become a significant exporter of business solutions enabled by IoT.

The Think Tank has commissioned research to 

  • describe and map the Australian IoT eco-system, taking account of evolving international developments;
  • examine the fitness of the Australian regulatory framework to deal with the new challenges it will face as the IoT growth curve accelerates in the near future;
  • focus on areas of opportunity for the Australia economy, including within specific industry verticals and through cross-sectoral collaboration; and
  • prepare recommendations for policy and industry initiatives designed to generate measurable economic outcomes.

This research is being undertaken by Australian consulting firm Creator Tech, with the study report due for release in September/October.

The study involves extensive Industry consultation, including a first public workshop on 19 June 2015, and a currently active survey canvassing the views of Communications Alliance and other Industry Associations members on aspects of the development of IoT in Australia.

We are now inviting Industry and Stakeholders to meet a second time for a briefing on the preliminary research findings and with the intention to gather feedback on the findings. Please join us for a light lunch on Thursday, 20 August 2015, at 12pm followed by a presentation and discussion from 12.30pm – 2.00pm. The meeting will be hosted by KPMG in the Auditorium at 10 Shelley St, Sydney. An audio link will be available (although active participation via the audio link may be limited due to expected participant numbers).

If you would like to attend and have not already contacted us, please email us to info@commsalliance.com.au indicating if you will be attending in person or via audio conference.

New telecommunications requirements for the National Construction Code

Communications Alliance has provided a submission to the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) on the proposal to include new requirements for telecommunications pathways and spaces in the National Construction Code (NCC), formerly the Australian Building Code.

Communications Alliance has been working closely with the Government and the ABCB on the draft NCC in the identification and development of the proposed requirements leading up to the ABCB public consultation. We have taken the opportunity with this submission to reinforce the necessity of including telecommunications pathways and spaces requirements in the NCC so buildings will have the capacity for accommodating communications services to meet the needs and expectations of users into the future.

The submission can be found at the Communications Alliance submissions.

New Member

Communications Alliance is pleased to welcome the following new member;




Cellfish operates in the areas of music (with Hitster), video (with a package of themed channels), games and mobile personalization services.

10 years ago, when Cellfish sold their first ringtone, they held the firm belief that mobiles would create a revolution in entertainment.

Each day, the 150 strong Cellfish team conceives and creates the entertainment applications of tomorrow.

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