High Court Appeal Over Illegal Downloads In OZ Set In Motion

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The film industry, who have spent millions on court challenges and questionable research to back up their arguments about illegal downloads, is set to mount another legal case in Australia against the recent Full High Court judgment iiNet which dismissed allegations of copyright breaches by iiNet.

The film industry, who have spent millions on court challenges and questionable research to back up their arguments about illegal downloads, is set to mount another legal case in Australia against the recent Full High Court judgment  iiNet which dismissed allegations of copyright breaches by iiNet.

Earlier today the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) said they will challenge the recent Federal Court Appeal with another appeal to the High Court.

Michael Malone , iiNet’s Chief Executive Officer said today “The new court action will not stop illegal downloading, even if successful”.

Responding to the decision by film and television studios to seek special leave to challenge the finding in the High Court, Mr Malone said more legal proceedings were not a solution.

Mr Malone said the two-year legal case had not stopped one illegal download and further legal appeals will not stop piracy.

“It’s time for the film industry and copyright holders to work with the industry to make their content legitimately available,” Mr Malone said.

He said iiNet had received an overwhelming response to the model it released earlier this month that would see an independent body responsible for verifying claims of copyright infringement and determining any penalty.

“The feedback has been very positive from both consumers and the industry.  It’s time to start implementing this new approach.”

The paper, Encouraging Legitimate use of On-line Content, argues that while movie studios spend millions of dollars marketing and creating a demand for their products they do not make the content easily and readily available.

“People are crying out to access the studios materials, so much so some are prepared to steal it.

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