iiNet case could set piracy precedent

A trial in Sydney could determine whether internet service providers (ISPs) can be held responsible for their users’ pirated content.One of Australia’s largest ISPs, the Perth-based iiNet, is being sued by a consortium of film distribution companies.The movie houses say the internet company has not been doing anything to stop its customers from illegally sharing movies and TV programs on the net.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/10/06/2706449.htmAlso see:First shots fired in the internet movie download wars
The opening salvo of the landmark case by Australian and US film studios against internet service provider iiNet over illegal movie downloads featured gunshots in the Federal Court yesterday as lawyers showed a bank robbery from Batman’s Dark Knight to illustrate the copyright piracy the company is alleged to allow its customers. Tony Bannon, SC, for the 34 claimants which include studios such as Warner Bros, 20th Century Fox, Village Roadshow and Kerry Stokes’ Seven Network, said in his opening submission that a year of investigations into iiNet showed 94,942 instances where users made unauthorised copies of titles such as Harry Potter and the Batman movies available, using file-sharing software such as BitTorrent.”There is no issue that infringements have been occurring on the iiNet network weekly, daily and hourly,” he said.
http://www.theage.com.au/business/first-shots-fired-in-the-internet-movie-download-wars-20091006-glei.html
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/biz-tech/illegal-downloads-case-gets-its-own-medicine-20091006-gldl.htmliiNet ‘allowed 100,000 dodgy downloads’
The Federal Court has heard almost 100,000 illegal downloads of video and music files were detected during a 59-week investigation of the internet service provider iiNet.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/10/06/2706096.htmAFACT v iiNet – The bell sounds for round one
10.15 am. Court Room 18C. Federal Court of Australia, New South Wales Registry. October 6, 2009. Mark it down. It may just be one of the most important dates in Australian ICT and copyright history. It’s the start of: Roadshow Films Pty Ltd ACN 100 746 870 & Ors v iiNet Ltd ACN 068 628 937.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/321015/
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/100509-afact-v-iinet-the-bell.html

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