Entertainment Industry Lost Australian Show CaseAdded: Thursday, April 26th, 2012
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Entertainment industry hoped that an anti-piracy case against an Internet service provider down-under could set an international precedent. However, it turned out that the case set the sort of precedent that the industry didn’t even want. The entertainment industry brought up its big guns to take on the small broadband provider, iiNet. The company had done nothing other than refuse to monitor data passing through its servers and delete copyrighted content.
What entertainment industry wanted was a victory in the case that would force bigger Internet service providers to do the same. Like many other American-inspired efforts, they for some reason assumed that if they threw enough money into a court room, they could beat any small broadband provider who couldn’t come up with the funds.
Unfortunately for the entertainment industry, the courts outside the United States are not that interested in the amount of money the plaintiffs have, but rather interested in the law itself. That’s how Hollywood lost the case. Undeterred, the entertainment industry appealed, but a few days ago the Australian High Court’s five judges decided to leave the original verdict.
According to the local media, the court concluded that iiNet didn’t have direct technical possibility to prevent its subscribers from illegally downloading copyrighted material using BitTorrent or any other popular protocol to share files on the Internet. iiNet’s head, Michael Malone, recommended the movie industry to better focus on increasing the availability of legitimate content in both timely and affordable manner. The ISP’s stand against the entertainment industry cost around $9,000,000 in legal bills. The court ordered that Hollywood foot the bill.
Local anti-piracy group, known as the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT), has been representing the movie studios in the case described above. It seems that the outfit isn’t going to give up even after court decision. Now AFACT is changing tactics to force the country’s government to alter copyright legislation. This approach may succeed – politicians have always been much more flexible and friendly when facing campaign contributions...
April 26th,2012Posted by:
Thursday, April 26th, 2012
|This will pass as Australian politicians are self serving, one of the most corrupt in the world and absolutely greedy. They will put these laws in place so long as they get something out of it for themselves. What makes it worse is that they don't care if 99% of the population is against them.|
|posted by (2012-04-26 21:09:38)|
|I agree with ON_THE_SKIDS comments, there is only a very small minority of politicians here in Australia that will listen to the public.|
I can almost guarantee that over the next few years the law will side with the movie industry and ISP's will be forced to tow the line or shut down. We can't let this happen!
|posted by (2012-04-26 22:14:05)|
|well boys and girls vote for your pirate party use the system you have to beat them at there game|
How is an ISP gonna delete content? They are not megaupload or other services that provide data storage.
ISP's do one thing nd that is provide internet access.
So this entertainment industry just took a 9,000,000.00 up the bunghole and they are still at it?
What a waste of 9,000,000.00. Think how that would have benefited everyone including the artists if they had been given it instead of POS lawyers; or to the fans in lower DVD, Ticket prices?
|posted by (2012-04-27 11:24:22)|
|Thanks Sam for this article. We all cheered when we heard about it last week.|
@On_THE_SKIDS and tejmar we need to fight the good fight against our pollies.
@menahunie they wanted iinet to throttle all torrents, regardless of the content being legal or not. You are spot on about it being a waste of money and what they could have done about it.
|"recommended the movie industry to better focus on increasing the availability of legitimate content in both timely and affordable manner."|
AKA make your products more affordable. $30 blu rays are ridiculous.
Oh and this should wake up the US court system. The music and movie industries shouldn't have any control over ISPs and their customers.
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