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Amazon has come under fire for selling products from its online retailer that it says are infringing on copyright.
In a statement, the company said that the legal system in the US is “overwhelmingly favorable to sellers who take legal action against alleged copyright infringers”.
In the UK, it said that in the past 12 months, there were about 1,100 legal actions against alleged infringers.
“It is important to note that the laws in the UK are far more lenient towards alleged copyright violators than the United States,” the company added.
In Australia, the government is currently considering new legislation, which it said will require online retailers to remove all content that “intends to encourage, facilitate or encourage another person to infringe copyright”.
This will include images and videos that “may be considered infringing” of copyright.
The Australian government is also looking at ways to tackle online piracy, including by offering up to $25,000 in fines to people found to be facilitating piracy.
In the US, the Justice Department has said that it is “increasingly concerned” about online piracy.
The DOJ has asked the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to look into a proposal that would require internet retailers to provide access to their customers’ copyrighted material.
“We have serious concerns about the way in which retailers are providing access to consumers’ copyrighted works,” Attorney General James Cole said in a letter to the FTC.
“In particular, we have concerns about online retailers’ failure to take steps to identify and remove any infringing content, and whether those steps should be required by law.”