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