Updated September 27, 2018 12:37:42 A new Australian video service will not be allowed on the Copyright Council website, with the council having taken a step towards removing it from its website after a series of complaints by Australian movie producers.
The company that manages the popular online service called Sling TV has been working with the Australian copyright office on the removal of the service, which is used by more than 300 million Australians.
Sling TV is an online subscription service that streams movies and TV series, and is available to people who sign up for a $5-a-month trial.
It was one of the first streaming services to come to Australia, and its service has been widely regarded as the industry standard for a number of years.
The service offers a subscription fee for its members to watch content in Australia.
“The copyright law does not allow for direct-to-consumer services to be licensed by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC),” Sling’s website reads.
“SlingTV has been the sole provider of video services to Australians for many years and is the only provider in Australia to offer access to Australian films and TV shows without a direct-market licence.”
The service will no longer be allowed to be listed on the Australian government’s Copyright Council site after complaints by film producers, including a series made by a Sydney film crew.
“We have received complaints from film studios and others about SlingTV’s conduct,” a spokesperson for the council said.
“We are reviewing the matter and will provide further details as they become available.”
In a statement, the Copyright Office said it “wouldn’t be appropriate to comment on the matter further”.
The council said it would not comment on pending litigation.
“Our priority is to ensure the quality of our content and the safety of our members,” the spokesperson said.
“As a result of the recent complaints, we have begun an investigation and will remove the Sling service from the Copyright Information Centre’s website in the coming days.”
The council says the service will be removed in the next few days.