Date of this Version

March 1999

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

Forder, Jay. (1999) The IIA Code of Practice: 'Co-regulation' of the Internet starts here CCH Law and Technology, Issue 13, Mar 1999, pp. 4-5.

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[Extract] The "Publication for Adoption" version of the lnternet Industry Association's ("IIA") Code of Practice was released on 9 December 1998. It has since undergone minor revisions and the latest version (4.2) is dated 12 February 1999. The IIA has worked on this Code since 1996, making drafts public and seeking feedback. With this version (4.2) they feel that the time has come to invite industry players to subscribe. But the Code isn't fixed in concrete - IIA contemplates that it will continue to evolve.

The Code is intended to apply to content providers, Internet service providers (ISPs), programmers, vendors and web page developers. According to Peter Coroneos, Executive Director of IIA, some of the big names have already signed - notably Ozemail, Zip lnternet and Telstra - and he hopes most IIA members will have signed by June.

The aim of this report is to summarise the Code's provisions rather than comment on their effect. Note that a summary can never be 100% accurate because detail is omitted. Please refer o the Code itself if you need to be sure about any of its provisions.



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