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'Three strikes' anti-piracy code gets bogged

Wednesday, 03 Jun 2015

Information Age

The draft anti-piracy code prepared by the internet industry is already bogged down with no timeline on when it might be approved.

The code is often referred to as a ‘three strikes’ scheme, as internet users suspected of piracy will receive three warnings that gradually escalate in their severity.

Users could face legal action if they have three strikes against their IP address in a 12-month period.

The draft code was submitted by the Communications Alliance to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) in early April.

The submission was made within hours of the expiry of a four-month deadline given by the Government to industry to come up with the code – or else have one forced upon them.

At the time, Communications Alliance CEO John Stanton praised all involved for drafting the code “in record time”.

However, he noted that “there are still some commercial details, including elements of the scheme funding arrangements, to be finalised and the finished product must meet the approval of the ACMA”.

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