Our new paper is now available: Witt, Alice, Suzor, Nicolas P., & Wikstrom, Patrik (2015) Regulating ride-sharing in the peer economy. Communication Research & Practice. 1(2), pp 1-16 The rise of the peer economy poses complex new regulatory challenges for policy-makers. The peer economy, typified by services like Uber and AirBnB, promises substantial productivity gains Read more about Regulating ride-sharing in the peer economy[…]
Exciting news! I am absolutely delighted to announce the launch of our new Digital Media Research Centre. I’m privileged to be a Chief Investigator along with a great group of leading media scholars. I’ll be leading a program of research on the regulation and governance of networked society. In Brian McNair’s words: Queensland University of Read more about QUT launches new Digital Media Research Centre[…]
Here is our submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee’s review of the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015. We argue that safeguards are necessary to ensure human rights are adequately protected. All systems of blocking access to online content necessarily raise difficult and problematic issues of infringement of freedom of speech and Read more about QUT IP submission on copyright infringement website blocking Bill[…]
We have just lodged our submission to the Communications Alliance draft industry code to introduce a copyright notice scheme.
In making this submission, we suggest that Australia learn from the experiences of other jurisdictions, and avoid some of the mistakes that have been made. In particular, this involves:
- Ensuring that adequate information is available to evaluate the success of the scheme
Ensuring that notices sent to consumers provide full and accurate information that helps them understand their rights and options
Limiting the potential abuse of the system, and particularly attempts to intimidate consumers into paying unfair penalties through ‘speculative invoicing’
Avoiding the potential for actual or perceived bias in the scheme’s oversight body
By Nicolas Suzor, Queensland University of Technology and Kylie Pappalardo, Queensland University of Technology The year is still young, but this week a judgement was handed down in what may well be the biggest music case of 2015. Marvin Gaye’s children have won a copyright law suit against Robin Thicke (no stranger to controversy) and Read more about Can you copyright a feeling? Blurred Lines may be the biggest music copyright case of 2015[…]
Attorney-General George Brandis and Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced yesterday that they expect internet service providers (ISPs) to work with copyright owners to help police infringement.
ISPs will have to agree to a new industry code that passes on warning notices to their customers when copyright owners make allegations of infringement against them. They will also have to start handing over the personal details of subscribers who have several allegations against their name.
The government also plans to introduce an obligation for ISPs to block access to file sharing websites such as The Pirate Bay.
These announcements are better than the government’s last attempt to force ISPs to negotiate, which would have made a mess out of copyright law for everyone. But there are still real problems, and the measures will probably increase the cost of internet access for little, if any, benefit.
At the 2014 Internet Governance Forum, the Dynamic Coalition on Platform Responsibility met to discuss the role of private intermediaries in enforcing social norms and law. One of the most interesting points made by Rebecca McKinnon was that corporations have some (limited) responsibility to protect human rights (see further UN, ‘The Corporate Responsibility to Respect Read more about Should social network platforms enforce human rights? IGF 2014 Dynamic Coalition on Platform Responsibility[…]
In a forthcoming issue of the UNSW Law Journal, Paula Dootson and I write about the effect of restrictive copyright licensing practices on the willingness of consumers to infringe copyright. This builds on Paula’s PhD work, and we present qualitative evidence to support the common intuition that the lack of access to legitimate content distribution channels increases the willingness of consumers to infringe copyright. But surpisingly, consumers do want to pay for access at a fair price if they can, and they’ll go to significant lengths to do it (like setting up a VPN to access netflix or itunes from another region).
We’ve just lodged two submissions to the Attorney-General’s Department consultation on Online Copyright Infringement. The first submission is from the QUT IP & Innovation Law research group. This submission gives a good overview of a few important points: Copyright infringement in Australia at the moment should be thought of as predominantly a market problem, and Read more about Intermediary liability: two submissions to AGD Online Copyright Infringement consultation[…]
Originally posted on The Conversation by Nicolas Suzor and Alex Button-Sloan.
The Australian Government has proposed Internet Service Providers (ISPs) should monitor and punish Australians who download and infringe copyright.
In a discussion paper circulated by Attorney-General George Brandis, and leaked by Crikey last Friday, the government proposes a sweeping change to Australian copyright law that would force ISPs to take steps to prevent Australians from infringing copyright.
What these steps might be is very vague. They could include blocking peer-to-peer traffic, slowing down internet connections, passing on warnings from industry groups, and handing over subscriber details to copyright owners.
The move comes in response to claims that Australians are among the biggest downloaders of films and television series. Under intense pressure from Hollywood and Foxtel, the government wants to do something to combat copyright infringement.