Fighting Digital Crime

Advances in technology and the near-ubiquity of internet access have meant that more and more criminals are turning to online fraud.  The UK government has just drafted some new proposals for jailing online copyright infringement.

The Australian government has also been cracking down on online piracy. In March it introduced legislation that can force internet service providers (ISPs) to block overseas-hosted piracy websites. A draft code was jointly drawn up by ISPs and copyright holders early in the year that will allow Australians to receive three warning notices to curb infringement practices, after which their details will be handed over to the copyright owner(s) by court order.

The precedent to allow the court to order ISPs to give customer details to copyright holders was set by the Dallas Buyers Club court case.  More about all these measures may be found at