JMRC Seminar - Intermediary liability in Australia and its 'trickle-down' effects
- When: 26th October
- Time: 5:00pm - 6:30pm
- Location: Robert Webster Building, Webster 327
The Journalism and Media Research Centre at the University of New South Wales invites you to attend a seminar by Google Policy Fellow Lauren Loz held as part of the JMRC seminar series http://jmrc.arts.unsw.edu.au/seminar-series/.
User-generated content on social networking sites, internet forums and mash-up or fan-fiction sites is becoming such a large source of news and documentation of popular culture, that the line between publishers and consumers has all but faded. At the same time, online censorship laws have grown wider and more easily enforced. The Australian government is proposing legislation to compel all Australian ISPs to block offshore-hosted content that has been classified as RC and added to a central blacklist of URLs. While it has not yet been implemented, three large ISPs have voluntarily implemented filters. Locally-hosted content, while not compulsorily filtered, is subject to take-down, service-cessation or links-deletion notices from ACMA, if it has been classified as 'prohibited content'. Safe harbour provisions in Australia are uncertain and often difficult to claim. Further, a recent major copyright action, while clarifying the amount of knowledge required to be liable for authorisation of copyright infringement, may have made avoidance of liability more difficult for intermediaries.
My research considers the effects of intermediary liability on freedom of online expression in Australia. It is a normative study that examines the impacts of such liability on online content-facilitating businesses, such as hosting providers and website operators, and on individual end users. This presentation will provide a summary of the report, as well as my suggestions for policy and law reform.
Lauren Loz is the Australian research fellow for Google's Asia-Pacific Policy Fellowship 2011. Loz holds a Juris Doctor from the University of New South Wales and a Bachelors in Commerce and Arts from the University of Auckland.
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