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Hollywood loses Australian illegal download court case

Other News Materials 4 February 2010 06:18 (UTC +04:00)
Internet service providers are not obliged to stop customers downloading pirated films and television programmes, an Australian court ruled Thursday, dpa reported.
Hollywood loses Australian illegal download court case

Internet service providers are not obliged to stop customers downloading pirated films and television programmes, an Australian court ruled Thursday, dpa reported.

The closely watched case was brought by Warner Bros and other film industry behemoths against Perth-based internet service provider iiNet.

The finding against the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) was described by industry monitoring website Techdirt as a "huge victory for those who believe that the efforts by copyright holders to push secondary liability on ISPs is a very dangerous policy."

The Federal Court's Justice Dennis Cowdroy ordered AFACT to pay iiNet's court costs.

"Mere provision of access to the internet is not the means to infringement," Cowdroy said. "I find that iiNet simply can't be seen as approving infringement."

AFACT had argued that iiNet was liable for copyright infringement by its customers and that it should have taken "reasonable steps" to stop them sharing illegal movies and music on peer-to-peer file networks.

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