Recent changes to copyright

Changes to copyright law and policy are highlighted here and incorporated when relevant, into the information provided in the Copyright Guide.

Safe Harbour Expansion

This amendment took effect on 29 December 2018. The "safe harbour scheme" which gives organisations additional legal protections from liability for copyright infringing activities on their network and services under certain conditions has been extended to organisations including schools, universities and disability organisations.

You can read more about it in the Australian Libraries Copyright Committee's Copyright Safe Harbour Quick Checklist (PDF, 296KB).

Site-Blocking Legislation - Section 115A of the Copyright Act

This amendment took effect on 11 December 2018. Section 115A enables the Federal Court to grant an injunction requiring a service provider to take reasonable steps to block access to online locations which infringe copyright and have the primary purpose of infringing copyright or facilitating the infringement of copyright.

You can read more about it in the Australian Copyright Council's updated information sheets:

Information in the Copyright Guide has been updated to reflect the changes.