by MOTION PICTURES ASSOCIATION, 5 November 2021
The Australian government’s site-blocking regime is an effective and proportionate response to a serious social and economic problem, according to Graeme W. Austin, Professor of Law at Melbourne University and Chair of Private Law at Victoria University of Wellington.
Addressing a seminar hosted by the Motion Picture Association (MPA) and UniJapan during the 34th Tokyo International Film Festival, Professor Austin said: “Blocking orders are a limited judicial power to grant an injunction. The importance of the public interest is reflected in the detailed statutory factors courts consider; and the Australian experience suggests that the regime is used in serious cases.”
In his opening remarks, MPA chairman/CEO Charles Rivkin said robust measures are helping to reduce copyright infringement, observing: “Together, site blocking and delisting really work, yielding as much as a 40 percent bonus for legal copyright owners.”
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