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APF Submits Privacy Amicus in Copyright Case

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA

October 14, 2011

The Australian Privacy Foundation (APF) has applied to submit an amicus brief in a copyright appeal case, arguing that the decision could have privacy impacts for "virtually every person in Australia," reports The Australian. A group of 34 entertainment companies is trying to persuade the federal court that iiNet should be found liable for acts of copyright infringement carried out over the company's networks. In its submission to the High Court, the APF said, "ISPs are poorly placed to assume the role that copyright owners wish to impose on them," adding that copyright owners have legitimate financial concerns, but "it must be remembered that those financial interests cannot be given greater weight than the interests of upholding an adequate level of protection for the...right to be shielded from privacy violations." 
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