Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2018

Communications and the Arts
Originating house
House of Representatives
Parliament no

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Amends the Copyright Act 1968 to amend the scope of the online copyright infringement scheme by: amending the threshold for capturing overseas online locations to those with the primary purpose or effect of infringing copyright; including a rebuttable presumption that the online location is outside Australia, to reduce the evidentiary burden on copyright owners; enabling copyright owners to seek injunctions requiring online search engine providers to take such steps as the Federal Court considers reasonable so as not to provide search results that refer users to online locations blocked under the scheme; clarifying that the Federal Court may make blocking orders which follow copyright infringing activity where operators of an overseas online location attempt to avoid the application of an injunction by creating new pathways to online locations; and enabling the minister to declare that particular online search engine providers be exempt from the scheme.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 18 Oct 2018
Second reading moved 18 Oct 2018
Second reading debate 24 Oct 2018
Second reading agreed to 24 Oct 2018
Third reading agreed to 24 Oct 2018
Introduced and read a first time 12 Nov 2018
Second reading moved 12 Nov 2018
Second reading debate 28 Nov 2018
Second reading agreed to 28 Nov 2018
Third reading agreed to 28 Nov 2018
Finally passed both Houses 28 Nov 2018
  • Act no: 157
  • Year: 2018
10 Dec 2018

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