Australia’s “Amazon.com” tax

The Australian Treasurer recently announced that Australian State and Territory treasurers have agreed the GST should apply to cover online transactions where overseas suppliers sell goods under AU$1,000 to Australian consumers. Call it the “Amazon.com tax”? This mirrors the recent proposal to apply GST to supplies of digital products and services from overseas providers to [...]

Australia’s “Netflix” tax

Recently the Australian treasurer Joe Hockey announced that the Australian Government is considering extending the Goods and Services Tax to also cover intangible services such as internet streaming (eg Netflix), music downloads (eg iTunes) and e-books (eg Kobo and Amazon) that are sold into Australia. This could make buying online services 10% more expensive. Generally, [...]

iiNet wins in copyright appeal case (AFACT v iiNet) – April 22, 2012

On 20 April 2012 the High Court of Australia handed down its decision in the “iiTrial” between Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (a group of 34 movie studios and TV production companies) and Australian Internet service provider iiNet. The main question on appeal to the High Court was whether iiNet “authorised” its users’ copyright infringment [...]