Australia Eyes Website Censoring And A Graduated Response Program -- Because They Clearly Work So Well
from the you-don't-seem-to-be-learning dept
Right on cue, here comes Australia's Attorney-General George Brandis, who this week indicated that the country will continue its proud tradition of ignoring facts when it comes to Internet policy, and will start considering the use of graduated response programs to purportedly thwart piracy:
“The government will be considering possible mechanisms to provide a ‘legal incentive’ for an Internet service provider to cooperate with copyright owners in preventing infringement on their systems and networks. This may include looking carefully at the merits of a scheme whereby ISPs are required to issue graduated warnings to consumers who are using websites to facilitate piracy."That there are no merits isn't likely to deter Brandis. Australia's willful obliviousness doesn't end there, with the government considering changing the law to legally force ISPs to take down websites the government doesn't like (which here in the States is obviously something that also just works so well):
"Another option that some stakeholders have raised with me is to provide the Federal Court with explicit powers to provide for third party injunctions against ISPs, which will ultimately require ISPs to 'take down'; websites hosting infringing content."This is the same Australia that imposed porn filters that were bested by a young kid in all of half an hour. The same Australia whose ISPs quite clearly illustrated the futility and problems with filters. The same Australian government who year after year after year is told that a ham-fisted approach to "managing" or otherwise censoring Internet content causes many more problems that it fixes. Yet here we are once again with the Australian government almost gleeful in its disregard of sound advice, making you wonder what great ideas loom down the road.