News Corporation has announced a major campaign to fight online copyright infringement.
The company’s new anti-infringement plan will see it use technology that will identify and remove content from its websites, including those hosted on the BitTorrent network.
News Corp chief executive John Thorson said it would provide a list of the content that was infringing and help other organisations identify the users and websites who were doing it.
“We’re not going to be looking at the content itself, but what’s being shared and what’s shared in other ways, like how people have used it,” he said.
“The list will be available to us for our members and partners to share.”
The company will also develop a system to track and remove copyright-inflicting content from websites.
“For some content, it could be the whole video or the whole album, but the more specific it is, the more we’ll be able to identify it and stop it from ever happening again,” he added.
The announcement came as Australia was locked in a bitter battle with copyright holders over the future of the Copyright Act.
The Senate is considering whether to renew the legislation, which has been in place since the 1970s.
The Government has defended the Act as a vital part of the internet’s development and said it could not possibly be changed overnight.
“This legislation will ensure that the internet remains a global commons and we’ll keep working hard to ensure that it continues to be,” Mr Thorsons said.
Topics:internet-technology,law-crime-and-justice,technology,digital-media,technology-and -technology-facilities,content-management,internet-policy,federal-government,government-and/or-politics,information-and-“public-relations”—source ABC News (AU)