With all the media attention surrounding data retention over the past week, another big issue affecting all Australians – online copyright enforcement – has almost taken a back seat.
However it’s still a burning issue, so here’s an update of what’s been happening.
The federal government, through the Attorney-General’s website, has made its draft online copyright infringement discussion paper available to the public, not just to read, but as an invitation for you to comment on. Comments from everyone, not just those who work in the affected industries, are welcomed and will be considered as part of the ongoing discussion and input to policy formulation.
This is how you can submit your comments (due by 1 September 2014):
1) Using the Attorney-General Department’s public consultation form, located on their website.
2) Sending your comments directly to a dedicated email address, firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is no prescribed format, just put your thoughts down, check the spelling and send it off. Every comment counts, so if you have three words or three pages worth of stuff to say, it’s worthwhile.
You may be cynical and think your opinion will change nothing, but the Internet changes everything. Significant world events have been shaped by the population using online approaches to influence outcomes. This may not be at the same level as President Obama’s election or the Arab summer but if it is important to you, I’d urge you to let the right people know what you think.
Ultimately, we want an approach to this issue that works for everyone including our customers, iiNet and other ISPs, as well as the content holders. We’ve said our piece (many, many times!), and now it’s your turn to have a say, Australia.