iiNet: copyright law hampering ISPs

Australia’s copyright law and the alleged draft text from the Intellectual Property chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement limit the ability of internet service providers (ISPs) to cache content locally, according to iiNet.

iiNet’s comments came in a submission (PDF) to the Australian Law Reform Commission’s (ALRC) review of the Copyright Act.

The company estimated that 70 percent of the traffic it delivers to its customers comes from overseas, and, as such, in order to reduce the cost of transmission from the US and other countries to Australia, caching content locally is a vital necessity. iiNet estimated that caching can reduce transmission overheads to 1 percent of what they would otherwise be.

Despite its necessity, iiNet said that caching is not currently allowed under Australian law — via

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