“This may include looking carefully at the merits of a scheme whereby ISPs are required to issue graduated warnings to consumers who are using websites to facilitate piracy,” he said.
“Another option that some stakeholders have raised with me is to provide the Federal Court with explicit powers to provide for third party injunctions against ISPs, which will ultimately require ISPs to ‘take down’ websites hosting infringing content.”
Copyright holders like film and television studios have argued that it is ISPs’ role to prevent internet users from illegally downloading their content.
But in a landmark ruling in 2012, the High Court found provider iiNet was not responsible for its customers’ illegal activities.
ISPs say studies show such schemes where customers are given increasingly severe warnings don’t work.
The Australian Screen Association, which represents film and television studios and distributers, says it backs the measures proposed by Senator Brandis.
Foxtel recently confirmed it has secured the Australian rights to Game of Thrones next season, leaving it unavailable for legal download via iTunes. But the news had led to anger in social media and even some media were criticising the move by the Pay TV provider.