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.

The most influential association in Australian communications, co-operatively initiating programs that promote sustainable industry development, innovation and growth, while generating positive outcomes for customers and society.  To create a co-operative stakeholder environment that allows the industry to take the lead on initiatives which grow the Australian communications industry, enhance the connectivity of all Australians and foster the highest standards of business behaviour.  For more details about Communications Alliance, see www.commsalliance.com.au.

Media information contact:
Neeley Williams nwilliams@sefiani.com.au
0434 742 551