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Google, Facebook excluded from copyright reforms

Digital giants Google and Facebook have been excluded from the Australian Government’s amendments to copyright safe haven laws, despite consistent calls from the companies for further protections.

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield introduced the Copyright Amendment (Service Providers) Bill on Wednesday, which extended the Copyright Act’s safe harbour provisions to the disability, education, library, archive and cultural sectors.

The safe harbour provisions give sites and services protections on content uploaded by users that could infringe copyright, so long as the sites take responsibility to promptly remove such content.

The government’s plans to introduce legislation in March were stalled when content creators and owners objected to Facebook and Google falling under the umbrella of protection.

News Corp Australia, Foxtel and Australian Recording Industry Association all argued against the inclusion of the two..

Telstra, Optus, TPG Telecom and Vodafone all hold safe haven protections. No internet service is currently included under this provision

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