Australian ISP iiNet says no laws were breached

IiNet yesterday told the NSW Federal Court that movie studios accusing it of sanctioning illegal file sharing on the internet had vastly exaggerated the extent of copyright infringement carried out on its service.Lawyers representing the internet firm said customers identified in a 59-week movie studio investigation into illegal file-sharing networks couldn’t have breached copyright laws to the extent suggested by the studios’ lawyers.,24897,26181537-15306,00.htmlAlso see:iiNet says piracy claim exaggerated
In the movie industry’s landmark case over illegal film downloads, internet service provider iiNet has launched its counter-attack calling the movie studios’ claims of tens of thousands of copyright infringements over its network ”highly exaggerated” and ”out of kilter”.As hearings went into their second day in the Federal Court yesterday, iiNet’s lawyer, Richard Cobden, SC, outlined the Perth-based internet company’s line of defence. director to take the stand in civil case against iiNet
The civil action between the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) and ISP iiNet continues today, with AFACT’s executive director, Neil Gane, likely to take the stand as the first witness.On the first day in the Federal Court of Australia in Sydney (October 6), AFACT presented a host of arguments, accusing iiNet of not doing enough to stop its customers using peer to peer networks (BitTorrent) to share copyrighted files. AFACT’s 94,942 figure artificially inflated
Legal representatives for Internet Service Provider, iiNet, have claimed copyright infringement figures presented to the Federal Court of Australia by Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) in the civil case between the parties were “artificially inflated”.Yesterday, AFACT, which represents several large film studios and TV stations, began to outline its arguments, claiming there were 94,942 instances of iiNet customers making available online unauthorised copies of movies that included titles such as Batman Begins, Dark Knight and Harry Potter over a period of 59 weeks.

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