[LINK] Film industry takes on iiNet

Scott Howard scott at doc.net.au
Fri Nov 21 12:37:13 AEDT 2008

On Thu, Nov 20, 2008 at 3:27 PM, Jan Whitaker <jwhit at melbpc.org.au> wrote:

> Interesting that I had a chat about this very thing with a friend in
> Vic Police last night. Copyright is not a criminal offence, but a
> civil offence that takes a plaintiff to file charge, not the police.

No, it is both.  Specifically Computer Software and Films are mentioned in
the general scope of the criminal provisions..

That said, in general simply downloading a movie would not be covered by the
criminal provisions, however it could probably be argued that distributing
the downloaded copyright material could be criminal - and of course P2P
involves uploading as much as it involves downloading...

The Attorney-General's Department has a lot of copyright information on
their website at http://www.ag.gov.au/copyright


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