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Internet Society urges public comment on draft Online Copyright Infringement Code

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NEWS RELEASE                               

The Internet Society of Australia has urged its members and all interested parties to take advantage of the opportunity to comment on the draft Online Copyright Infringement Code released today.

Following a period for public comment a finalised Code will be submitted in April for registration by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).

The Internet Society is a member of the stakeholder advisory group that had input into the draft Code. However, CEO Laurie Patton has indicated that the Society is keen for its members to provide their views on the draft during the public comment period.

“It’s not often that the public is given the ability to make its voice heard on important initiatives such as this. There are many aspects of the draft Code that will impact on Internet users and it is important that every angle is presented and considered before ACMA accepts the Code for registration”, Mr Patton commented.

About the Internet Society

The Internet Society of Australia (also known as ISOC-AU) is the Australian chapter of the worldwide Internet Society and is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 1996. Its mission is to promote Internet developments for the benefit of the whole community, including business, educational, professional and private Internet users.

Its directors and members hold significant roles in Internet-related organisations and enable the Society to provide high level policy and technical information to Internet user groups, governments and regulatory authorities.
Globally, the Internet Society coordinates Internet policy development and technical standards.

This includes advising the United Nations and international Internet management organisations such as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and the five Regional Registries. The Internet Society is responsible for the Internet Engineering Task Force. See: www.internet.org.au


Fight secret copyright deals: a global TPP teach-in

via Maira Sutton, Global Policy Analyst, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Electronic Frontier Foundation - www.eff.org

Hi there,

A lot has happened on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) front these past couple months. There was another major leak of a recent draft of the TPP’s Intellectual Property chapter that confirmed that many of the most extreme copyright provisions are still there, and in some cases, have even gotten worse. It also showed that it included some new harmful language on “trade secrets” that could be used to crack down on journalists.

The TPP could be finalized in the coming months, and things are moving fast. That’s why we’d like to invite you to a public, online teach-in to hear representatives from several digital rights groups based in TPP countries share their analysis of the latest leaked text, as well as to lay out the current state of play of the negotiations. We’ll make sure there’s time at the end for users to ask us questions.

When the time comes, we’ll need to be ready to fight this agreement on a global front. So please join us on Nov 19, and help us spread the word about how TPP poses a threat to users’ rights.

When: November 19, 2014, 12pm Pacific / 3pm Eastern / 5pm Chile / 7am Australia EST / 9am New Zealand

Where: Google Hangout and streamed on Youtube (link to livestream will be provided here on the day of the event)

Who: Members of the TPP Fair Deal Coalition, including Electronic Frontier Foundation (US), Derechos Digitales (Chile), Consumer NZ (New Zealand), Public Citizen (US)

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Cheers,
Maira

P.S. Make sure to check out some of our Fair Deal Coalition partners’ new TPP materials: