Greens back government’s expansion of website-blocking sche…

The Australian Greens have supported government legislation that significantly expands the current system of website-blocking injunctions targeting overseas-based online services that facilitate piracy.

The Senate yesterday passed the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2018; the legislation was passed by the lower house last month.

Labor supported both the 2015 bill establishing the site-blocking system as well as the 2018 bill; the Greens opposed the original 2015 legislation, however.

The new legislation will expand the current website-blocking system that allows copyright holders to obtain Federal Court injunctions ordering a telco to block its customers from an overseas-hosted online service that facilitates piracy.

The expanded system will allow injunctions that also force search engines to remove a piracy-linked site from their indexes.

Cludo Reports


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