Australia Passes Tougher Copyright Laws, Extends Copyright Protection By 20 Years

Law360, New York (December 8, 2004, 12:00 AM EST) -- Australia has passed tougher copyright laws to comply with the recently penned Australia-U.S. Free Trade Agreement.

The bill, which passed the Senate last night, will enable people other than copyright owners to force internet service providers to take down material allegedly infringing copyright, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

Internet service providers have lobbied against the bill, fearing they could be exposed and liable to claims for damages if they fail to immediately close down sites that may contain material that infringes copyright.

The bill also made...
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