iiNet in the gun: Aussie copyright case will ripple through NZ
Posted in: Online TV/Music at 11/10/2009 23:57
A copyright case between an Australian internet service provider and numerous US film studios could have far reaching effects on the New Zealand film, telecommunications and legal industries, law firm Lowndes Jordan says.
iiNet is currently defending allegations it encouraged and assisted its customers in breaching copyright laws by downloading music and films illegally.
No BitTorrent contracts: studios
A group of entertainment companies suing iiNet for copyright infringement in the NSW Federal Court has accused the Perth ISP of trying to turn the trial into a "political forum".
As the case entered its fourth day, the group's lead barrister Tony Bannon SC levelled the allegation as part of an explosive response to iiNet's claim that studios pursuing the case entered into commercial contracts with BitTorrent.com and an associated site, mininova.org.
iiNet CEO Michael Malone to be ISP's first witness
iiNet CEO Michael Malone will be the Internet service provider's (ISP) first witness in its civil case against the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT).
The news comes as opening arguments in the civil court case between AFACT and iiNet being heard by Justice Cowdroy in the Federal Court of Australia in Sydney came to a close yesterday.