Laws banning piracy sites such as The Pirate Bay moved one step closer today after draft legislation was passed in the lower house.
The Coalition and Labor have both supported legislation that would enable rights holders to seek a court injunction forcing ISPs to block access to piracy websites, with a landing page to be pasted on blocked sites. It will only apply to overseas-based websites.
Bi-partisan support means it will pass the Senate, scheduled to be introduced in the upper house tomorrow.
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the laws will not apply to virtual private networks.
While Labor offered its support for the bill Shadow Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus said that the government still wasn’t doing enough to help copyright holders while Greens Co-Deputy Leader Scott Ludlam has said the bill “is the latest in a long line of misguided attempts by the government to monitor, control and censor the Internet” and recommended that the laws not be passed.
Some IP lawyers have also argued that the laws will be effectively unworkable for content owners as pirate site operators could easily move to an alternative location. Content owners would then have to reapply for fresh court orders to block the new location.
But the laws have enjoyed industry support as part of a wider push against copyright piracy.
The laws be reviewed after 18 months.