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Opinion: Communications Code of Practice Misses Mark

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA

December 2, 2011

The Communications Alliance has released its code of practice to formalise the handling of copyright infringement resulting from the downloading of copyrighted materials online, putting the onus on ISPs to notify the content industry when protected materials are illegally downloaded. A ZDNet Australia blog states, "It may be nice to see the industry formalise some steps to avoid a repeat of the iiNet fiasco, but the current policy leaves many questions unanswered." Among those questions are whether ISPs are capable of determining when copyrights have been violated. Calling the code "a supremely American policy," the author states, "If there were ever any question about the idea of net neutrality taking hold in Australia, this code of practice quashes it once and for all."
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