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First off today, Mahesha Sharma and Ben Grubb at Stuff reports that a document obtained by news sources is reportedly a proposal for upcoming copyright legislation in Australia, legislation that would require ISPs to block infringing websites.
The proposal, which is being floated by Tony Abbot’s government, would require ISPs in the country to take action to block websites suspected of copyright infringement and take other actions to stop users from committing infringement.
The government cites the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a controversial and unfinished free trade agreement of countries around the Pacific Rim, including the U.S., as the reason for the reforms.
Next up today, The Japan Times reports that the government in Japan will be launching a campaign in August aimed at reducing the amount of piracy Japanese anime and manga face online by sending requests to overseas sites, mostly hosted in China, that they remove the infringing material.
According to the government, overseas piracy of anime and manga cost the country’s economy ¥560 billion (About $5.5 billion) per year and mainly comes in the format of comics and animated videos being uploaded to foreign sites.
The campaign is a cooperative effort between the Japanese government and some 15 businesses and will start by targeting some 580 known violators and also offer official versions of 250 of the violated works for a relatively small fee.
Finally today, The Business Software Alliance Australia (BSA Australia) has announce they have reached an out of court settlement with a Melbourne-based recruitment firm that was using unlicensed copies of Microsoft Office 2007.
The company, which was not named, has agreed to pay some $11,190 ($10,500 USD) in damages and purchase legal copies of all of the unlicensed ones.
The case is part of a broader BSA Australia effort to publicize and encourage businesses to appropriately license their software, noting both financial and security risks that are associated with unlicensed software.
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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