Posted March 04, 2019 17:50:58Australian media companies are being accused of not doing enough to defend their own rights when it comes to the use of “media storage” as a term in copyright law.
While Fairfax Media has paid $3 billion in compensation to its Australian newspaper and online business partners since 2010, the industry body that represents the media companies’ stakeholders has criticised Fairfax Media’s approach to the storage of information, claiming that “media companies should have to defend themselves”.
Under Australian law, media companies can be sued for damages for using storage as a way to ensure the accuracy and completeness of their news content.
The ACCC is examining whether Fairfax Media is violating the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s (ACMA) rules on the storage and distribution of information to journalists and publishers in the news media.
In its submission, the ACCC said it was concerned about Fairfax Media “failing to comply with the rules on media storage”.
The ACCI’s submission to the ACCComs, which was released to Fairfax media, said Fairfax Media had not yet implemented a new policy to ensure that “the media companies comply with ACCC rules on storage of media and information”.
“The ACCIC’s concerns are that there are not clear guidelines for ensuring the media and news media companies adhere to the rules,” the ACCI submission said.
The submission also said that Fairfax Media failed to implement a “policy that would ensure that media companies and media storage providers complied with ACCCA rules on fair and balanced reporting of news content”.
“Media companies are not required to protect their own content or avoid being sued if they fail to comply,” it said.
“Instead, the media must work with the ACCCA to ensure fair and equitable reporting of all media content, including the use or disclosure of third party content.”
The ACC has been working with Fairfax Media to develop a policy for media companies on storage and storage providers.
The media companies have also been asked to disclose the amount of media storage it has provided in the past 12 months, as well as any storage arrangements Fairfax Media made.
The submissions to the media regulator came after Fairfax Media revealed last week that it had agreed to pay a $1.2 billion fine in the US to settle claims that it failed to provide the information required to comply, which were part of a class action against the publisher.
A number of media companies, including ABC and News Corp, have also settled US class actions over the issue.
The $1 billion fine was also part of an agreement between Fairfax Media and the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York that was announced earlier this year.