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Copyright is designed to ensure that content creators are suitably
rewarded for their efforts, and protected from pirating. It also gives them
some control over how their work will be used. However, the rights of
people and organisations who would like to gain access to the content are
also considered in copyright law – which attempts to balance these
competing interests.
Copyright crime is obtaining copyrighted material unlawfully or without an
appropriate license, commonly known as piracy. Copyright in Australia is
covered by the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth).
With advancements in new technology, new ways to infringe on
copyrighted material have been created through means such as online
piracy and content theft. Furthermore, technology has allowed for new
forms of content and material that previously were not covered under
copyright law. The law, then, must evolve as a result of these
advancements. In this case the Copyright Amendment (Digital Agenda)
Act 2000 (Cth) ensures that copyright protection is extended to full range
of new media and internet content.
The legal implications surrounding the issue of copyright infringement are
that people are unlawfully accessing copyrighted content. With heavy
impacts on the individual, being the creators of the content as their
intellectual and physical property becomes illegally obtained.
In most cases, the primary factor of cybercrime, especially in
consideration of copyright law is the offender’s anonymity. As it is easy to
conceal your identity online the enforcement of anti-piracy law is
incredibly difficult and offenders are hard to prosecute, highlighting the
limitations of the law to effectively meet the needs of society in this
A high profile example of this was the Dallas Buyers Club LLC v iiNet
Limited case heard in the Australian Federal Court. The case identified
how six internet service providers were taken to court over their clients
illegally downloading the film online.
Domestically Australia has addressed the issue in amending the Copyright
Act 1968 through the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Act
2015. Meaning the intellectual property rights holders, like Hollywood
movie companies, will be able to launch cases in the Federal Court of
Australia to force a Carriage Service Provider (Internet Service Provider, or
ISP) to make reasonable steps to block access to an overseas website.
The Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Act 2015 states that The Federal
Court of Australia may, on application by the owner of a copyright, grant an
injunction if the Court is satisfied that a carriage service provider provides access

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