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Film Studios Appeal ISP Piracy Judgment

PRIVACY LAW—QUEENSLAND

March 4, 2010

The Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT), which represents a consortium of 34 film studios, is appealing the Federal Court's ruling that ISP iiNet was not liable for illegal movie downloads by its customers, the Brisbane Times reports. "The court found large-scale copyright infringements (proven), that iiNet knew they were occurring, that iiNet had the contractual and technical capacity to stop them and iiNet did nothing about them," AFACT Executive Director Neil Gane said of the decision to appeal, stating the ruling effectively means the "authorisation of copyright infringement." iiNet, meanwhile, has contended that, among other factors, privacy provisions in the Telecommunications Act prevented it from forwarding the studios' infringement notices to customers.
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