13 Apr 2011

Parliament debates internet copyright bill

10:11 pm on 13 April 2011

Legislation dealing with copyright infringements by internet users has passed its second reading under urgency at Parliament on Wednesday.

The Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill repeals section 92A of the Copyright Act and replaces it with a new regime to deter illegal file-sharing, including music, videos and games.

It would allow three warnings to be given and enable copyright holders to pursue compensation of up to $15,000 through the Copyright Tribunal.

The bill is being considered in a clause-by-clause debate by Parliament which will sit until midnight.