MEDIA RELEASE: Labor Welcomes Further Consultation On Safe Harbours
Communications Minister Mitch Fifield’s announcement that a concentrated round of consultation on “safe harbour” provisions will commence shortly is welcomed.
The changes in their current form would extend legal exemptions for companies, many in the tech sector, who currently face prosecution if their users breach copyright.
Labor recognises that stakeholders are sharply divided on the issue of safe harbours and whether the change is necessary. We believe in a fair go for copyright holders and up to date laws. Therefore, it is appropriate that further discussions are held so that both sides can be heard.
It is important that both rights holders and smaller companies in Australia’s start-up sector are given the chance to make their case.
FRIDAY, 21 APRIL 2017
THE HON TONY BURKE MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR THE ARTS
MEMBER FOR WATSON
SENATOR KATY GALLAGHER
ACTING SHADOW ATTORNEY-GENERAL
SENATOR FOR THE AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
THE HON ED HUSIC MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR THE DIGITAL ECONOMY
MEMBER FOR CHIFLEY