AFACT appeals copyright decision

The Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft has lodged an appeal in the Federal Court in Sydney, in their legal battle against the Perth-based internet service provider iiNet.

iiNet CEO Michael Malone responded that challenging the court’s decision will not stop illegal downloading, even if successful.Earlier this month, Justice Dennis Cowdroy decided that internet service provider iiNet could not be held responsible for its customers online activities. AFACT has appealed this decision on the very last day to do so.

“It is more than disappointing and frustrating that the studios have chosen this unproductive path,” Mr Malone said.

“The studios themselves admitted during the court hearings that making content freely and cheaply available online was an effective way to combat piracy […] We are ready to champion [new approaches and models] in partnership with the studios, but court proceedings and more legal challenges only serve to delay this and in the meantime more copyright material will be stolen,” he added.


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