AFACT wants to recoup legal costs

The Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft has begun proceedings to recoup part of the costs of the copyright battle against internet service provider iiNet.

This is also the last week for AFACT to lodge an appeal before the February 25 deadline, but the organisation has not yet decided if it will officiallly proceed.

Federal Court Justice Dennis Cowdroy favoured the internet service provider in its legal battle against AFACT, saying iiNet was not liable for its customers’ downloading habits, because it had done nothing but to provide an internet service to them.

Cowdroy also awarded all court costs – which have been reported at $5.7m – to AFACT.

AFACT spokesperson Rebecca Tabakoff said the association “put in an application for costs to be re-heard and it asks for costs to be adjusted for the parts of the matter that iiNet lost.”

Tabakoff added she was “unaware” of any plans to appeal the decision.


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