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First off today, in Australia Federal Attorney-General Robert McClelland has quietly amended a posted document for discussion to remove all references to a controversial “streamlined” system by which copyright holders would be able to gain access to information about alleged infringers. The proposal, which outlines expanding safe harbor protections to ISPs, previously mentioned such a system as a requirement for protection but, currently, the document only makes reference to the broader issue. McClelland’s office stated that the document was posted by mistake and that a clarification will be posted soon.
Next up today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the organization that oversees domain names on the Web, has agreed to host The Time Zone Database. The database was recently shut down following a lawsuit from astrology software maker Astrolabe, which sued the database’s former administrator, David Olson, claiming that there was copyrighted information in it. The database is used by many sites and operating systems, including all Unix-based system, which in turn includes Mac OSX and Linux, to help set time and adjust for time zone differences. ICANN has said that it will deal with any legal issues as they arise.
Finally today, in New Zealand, the Labour Party has released its ICT policy statement and, according to it, if elected, the party will remove the “three strikes” clause recently passed in the country and do a complete review of the Copyright Act with an eye on introducing a completely new copyright bill in 18 months. The Labour Party has been a long-standing opponent of the law but currently only holds a minority in the House of Representatives.
That’s it for the three count today. We will be back tomorrow with three more copyright links. If you have a link that you want to suggest a link for the column or have any proposals to make it better. Feel free to leave a comment or send me an email. I hope to hear from you.
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