Internet Safety: Content Regulations

Optus Internet customers should be aware of a few main areas regarding content.

ACMA Content Issues

Australian residents have the right to complain to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) about Internet content they believe may be prohibited or illegal under the regulatory regime. Find out more about ACMA Content Issues.

Copyright Issues

There are many debates over copyright issues on the Internet. The Internet contains an abundance of information, much of which has varying degrees of copyright protection.

Copyright Regulations

As part of the Free Trade Agreement with the United States, new copyright regulations have been implemented (Copyright Amendment Regulations 2004/Copyright Act 1968). The Regulations allow copyright owners to notify Optus directly where an Optus Internet customer is believed to be infringing copyright.

NOTE: Posting or disseminating material which violates the copyright or other intellectual property rights of others is a breach of the Optus Acceptable Use Policy - Appendix H. Engaging in such activity may result in Optus suspending/cancelling your account and/or possible legal action from the copyright owner.

Complaints procedure for Copyright content

Copyright owners must notify Optus in a manner that is in accordance with the Regulations, including all required information. Sent notice to Optus by:

Fax: 02 8085 9077
Post: PO Box 888, North Ryde NSW 1670

What is Copyright?

Copyright is a form of protection provided by law to the authors of "original works of authorship". Original work on the Internet includes things such as software, novels, screenplays, graphics, pictures, audio, news stories and certain other intellectual works. Copyright can be used to protect both published and unpublished works.

What is Copyright protected?

Copyright protection extends to the core design of Web pages and the contents, including:

  • Unique markup language structure (HTML, VRML, etc)
  • The original text
  • Audio
  • Video
  • Graphics
  • Software
  • Applications
  • Original Web site lists
  • And any other elements that establish the original substance of the content

When publishing on the Internet

Here is a short list of things you can and cannot do when publishing on the Internet.

You can:

  • Link to other Web sites
  • Use "free graphics" (do not use graphics that are not advertised as "free graphics")

You cannot:

  • Post content obtained from another Web site
  • Copy lists from another Web site
  • Copy image such as logos, icon or any other graphic (unless stated as "free graphic")
  • Cut and past information to create new content (You CAN however, quote limited amounts, if you give credit to the original source and its location)

NOTE: Copyright issues on the Internet are still not resolved and this information only serves as a guide to help protect Optus Internet customers from breaching any copyright laws.