blog Remember that pesky Internet piracy industry code? The one that Attorney-General George Brandis and then-Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull asked the ISP and content industries to develop, on pain of having one developed for them? Well, it appears as though the code has more or less been permanently shelved at this point. Today iTnews reported (we recommend that you click here for the full article) that the two industries have joined forces to ask the Federal Government to postpone consideration of the code for a year. The site reports:
“Communications Alliance CEO John Stanton revealed at the CommsDay summit today that the two parties were now planning a joint approach to government to request the scheme be shelved for 12 months.”
To me, this move represents the fact that the ISP and content industries have not — after years and years of trying, been able to come to any agreement about the cost of administering this scheme, as well as the fact that both industries are very likely waiting to see whether the legislation to allow website blocking of piracy sites will succeed in affecting the issue through the courts.
Now the situation is to the new Communications Minister Mitch Fifield (who now has responsibility for copyright matters) as well as Turnbull to resolve: If, that is, they still care to.