Internet industry backs iiNet in copyright fight

Movie industry has “allegations, not evidence”.

Internode's Simon Hackett ultimately wants to see around 50% of Internode customers using naked DSL

Internode's Simon Hackett ultimately wants to see around 50% of Internode customers using naked DSL

The Australian Internet industry has supported iiNet in its defence against legal action filed by the leading US media giants and the Seven Network, which experts say could force providers to police peer-to-peer traffic if the Federal Court rules in favour of the plaintiffs.

The court case, spearheaded by Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) which represents the media corporations, demands that iiNet eliminate the file sharing of copyright media over its network.

iiNet could be forced to ban peer-to-peer traffic over its network or throttle speeds, and issue the “thousands” of customers alleged to be in breach of copyright with infringement warnings.

ISPs aren't policemen

Internode director Simon Hackett

Internet Industry Association (IIA) chief executive Peter Coroneos said copyright enforcement is the responsibility of the plaintiffs and not ISPs.

“The IIA has had a long standing view that intermediaries including ISPs, cannot be liable for the conduct of their users where they have limited knowledge or control over what those users are doing — this is a case in point,” Coroneos said, speaking broadly about ISP copyright enforcement.

“[Copyright enforcers] have unprecedented legal tools at their disposal [following amendments to the Copyright Act in 2005-2006], yet instead of using those tools to go after the people they alleged are infringing, there are calling upon the intermediaries to do their enforcement.

“They should go to the Federal Court, present their case, and seek orders for the ISP to disclose the relevant customer information to them and take action.”

Coroneos said AFACT should pursue the matter in court and not with iiNet because they only have allegations, not evidence. “To ask ISPs to threaten customers and interfere with the Internet experience, and place sanctions would only be appropriate with evidence,” he said.

Internode CEO Stephen Hackett said in an e-mail to iiNet managing director Michael Malone that the company should not be held responsible for policing network traffic.

“The industry remains of the view that ISPs aren't policemen,” Hackett said.

“The content industry should take legal action against end users if it believes they have broken the law. ISPs are like Australia Post: we just deliver it.”

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags legaliiNetP2P

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Darren Pauli

Computerworld
Show Comments

Cool Tech

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?