Australian internet piracy talks up in the air after High Court decision
Posted in: Legal, Privacy & Security at 08/05/2012 14:48
The federal Attorney-General's Department is struggling to keep negotiations to stop peer-to-peer internet piracy on track after the High Court cleared internet service providers of liability for the problem.
The department has been attempting to broker an agreement between content owners and internet carriers for an industry-led regime to deal with the problem since the middle of last year.
To read this report in The Australian in full, see:
Opinion: We need a revolution in copyright regime by Nick Tait, president of the Australian Computer Society
After the recent High Court decision in Roadshow Films v iiNet, there have been reports of talks between Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft and the commonwealth Attorney-General's Department about changing the law and voluntary codes of conduct. The question many in the industry might ask is: where to from here?
In this case, a group of film and television companies alleged that an internet service provider had authorised copyright infringement by its customers. The High Court didn't agree and also found that the ISP's technical ability to prevent infringement was limited.