Why Does South Korea Want To Turn Australia's ISPs Into Hollywood's Copyright Cops?
from the what-a-coincidence dept
Consistent with Australia's existing obligations in the Australia-US and Australia-Singapore FTAs, and to fully implement its obligations under KAFTA, the Copyright Act 1968 will require amendment in due course to provide a legal incentive for online service providers to cooperate with copyright owners in preventing infringement due to the High Court's decision in Roadshow Films Pty Ltd v iiNet Ltd, which found that ISPs are not liable for authorising the infringements of subscribers.As that makes plain, this is specifically about overturning the court case that iiNet won, and forcing Australian ISPs to act as copyright police. That would be really terrible for iiNet, after all the effort and money it has put into fighting precisely this outcome, and bad news for the Australian public, which would doubtless find ISPs erring on the side of caution and taking down perfectly legal material.
But the interesting question has to be: why on earth does South Korea care about this? It seems unlikely that there is enough piracy of South Korean music or films going on Australia to justify the Korean government demanding a change to Australia's copyright laws as part of a free trade deal. The fact that this implementation requirement just happens to match exactly what Hollywood has been demanding for some time must raise the suspicion that the US has had a hand in this on behalf of its copyright industries. That's yet another reason for demanding real transparency during trade negotiations, so that such shabby deals can be exposed before it's too late to do anything about them.
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