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The Australian Senate's Environment and Communications Legislation Committee has backed an incremental approach to safe-harbor expansion, which enables it to continue consulting on how best to reform the scheme to apply to other online service providers.


  • In December, the Australian Senate referred the newly introduced Copyright Amendment (Service Providers) Bill 2017 to a committee for inquiry, with a view to reporting back with a recommendation in March.
  • In short, the bill deals with the extension of the safe-harbor scheme to a broader range of service providers.
  • The resulting report reviewed the bill and outlined the principal issues raised, along with the committee's findings and a recommendation.

Features and Benefits

  • Details the report on the extension of the safe-harbor provision in Australian copyright law.
  • Examines submissions from a variety of stakeholders that support and disagree with any extension.

Key questions answered

  • What did the Environment and Communications Legislation Committee recommend to the government on its proposed extension to the Australian safe-harbor provision?
  • What were the main arguments against any extension?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • Reform of Australia’s copyright safe-harbor legislation
  • Key issues raised by stakeholders
  • Polarized views on the big question of full extension


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