What's this site about?

The Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015 is an amendment to the Copyright Act, which allows copyright holders (like movie, TV and music producers) to apply to the Federal Court to have piracy-related websites blocked.

The Federal Court makes the orders to block websites, then ISPs (internet service providers) obey the orders. Websites will then be inaccessable by Australian internet users.

This web site is an attempt to introduce some transparency to those site-blocking laws by letting you know when an application is made, and (hopefully) the final result.

But why?

There was a Senate inquiry into the legislation which handed down its final report on the 11 June 2015.

However, the inquiry didn't recommend anything in regards to a register or central location where the public can try to find out which websites are blocked and when it happened.

It did recommend that the legislation's Explanatory Memorandum "include a requirement to post a landing page at the blocked online location, specifying that the relevant online location has been blocked by a court order and outlining details of that order."

If you see one of those "landing pages" during your internet travels, please submit it to this website so we can track it and take note.

But I can't do all your work

I agree. That's why this website also keeps an eye over movements and cases going through the Federal Court. When cases are filed, we'll (hopefully) find out about it and post that it's happening here.

Each Federal Court application will have its own page on s115a.com, so you'll be able to track the case through its motions, link to it on social media and talk about it.

If you see any media articles on it, submit links! The more information we can gather on each case the better.

I want to get in contact

You can easily contact us here. If you'd like to send an encrypted email, here is the public key.

Why does this website have a stupid name?

It's named after the section of the Copyright Act which was inserted to block websites. I couldn't think of anything cleverer.

What's the legislation's history?

There's a really good summary of the Bill published by the Parliamentary Library

The Government describes the legislation as changing "the Copyright Act 1968 to enable copyright owners to apply to the Federal Court of Australia for an order requiring a carriage service provider to block access to an online location operated outside Australia that has the primary purpose of infringing copyright or facilitating the infringement of copyright."

In summary:

  • 26 Mar 2015 - Bill introduced and read a first time
  • 26 Mar 2015 - Second reading moved
  • 26 Mar 2015 - Senate referred the legislation to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report.
  • 12 May 2015 - The Senate granted an extension of time for reporting until 29 May 2015.
  • 29 May 2015 - Another delay. "The committee intends to present the final report by 9 June 2015."
  • 9 June 2015 - Another delay. "The committee intends to present the final report by 11 June 2015."
  • 11 June 2015 - Report tabled as promised
  • 16 Jun 2015 - Second reading debate
  • 16 Jun 2015 - Second reading agreed to
  • 16 Jun 2015 - Consideration in detail debate. Government agrees to amendments
  • 16 Jun 2015 - Third reading agreed to
  • 16 Jun 2015 - Passes the House of Representitives at about 8:30pm. Heads to the Senate
  • Senate
  • 18 Jun 2015 - Introduced and read a first time
  • 18 Jun 2015 - Second reading moved
  • 22 Jun 2015 - Second reading debate
  • 22 Jun 2015 - Second reading agreed to
  • 22 Jun 2015 - Committee of the Whole debate
  • 22 Jun 2015 - Third reading agreed to
  • 22 Jun 2015 - Passes the Senate at about 6:30pm.
  • Govenor-General
  • 26 Jun 2015 - Signed into law