[LINK] Film industry takes on iiNet
rick at praxis.com.au
Fri Nov 21 10:13:09 AEDT 2008
Bernard Robertson-Dunn wrote:
> Film industry takes on iiNet
> Michael Sainsbury and Fran Foo
> November 21, 2008
> The Australian IT
> "iiNet has an obligation under the law to take steps to prevent further
> known copyright infringement via its network," Ms Pecotic said.
Does it? I think this might be a precedent.
> She said court proceedings are expected to last for 12 months at a
> "substantial cost" and refused to rule out future action against other
> ISPs, including Telstra and Optus.
And what remedy, beyond prosecution of what is essentially a tort
under the criminal law, would they propose the carriers to do?
> Ms Pecotic brushed aside Mr Malone's explanation, saying: "The law is
> clear and iiNet knows that. They cannot pass the buck ... it is their
The buck being passed is by the film industries. It is they're responsibility
to enforce their copyright. Not data carriers. And certainly not our
public infrastructure, i.e. law enforcement. I maintain that this is
a tort, not a crime.
> "It is unfortunate that the rights holders are targeting an ISP because
> under Australian law, internet service providers may generally be
> considered conduits which provide carriage services, and as such are not
> responsible for copyright infringements carried out by customers using
> their internet services,'' the spokesperson said.
Rick Welykochy || Praxis Services
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