Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 4th Feb 2010 23:13 UTC
Legal "In a definitive defeat for film studios - and in a first case of its kind worldwide - Australia's Federal Court has ruled that ISPs have no obligation to act on copyright infringement notices or to disconnect subscribers after receiving multiple letters. If copyright holders want justice for illegal file-sharing, they need to start by targeting the right people: those who committed the infringement."
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by urkrobshaw on Fri 5th Feb 2010 07:21 UTC
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I forgot to add this to my post directly above.

In Australia, ISP's are charged quite hefty rates for bringing data across the world to our interconnects in Sydney/Perth.

ISP's in Australia, on the whole, hate downloads from the US, UK, Asia etc because it costs them a fortune in international bandwidth.

They would very much prefer the studio's to licence the work for online distribution, so they can transfer the data once into their data centres, then mirror the traffic locally. It's much cheaper than having 100 customers bittorrent a movie, where a large portion of each file is downloaded from international locations.

iiNet are certainly not saving money by "turning a blind eye" to customers who may be breaching copyright. They would save much more money by hosting mirrors of large sites, such as Akamai, iTunes store etc (which they already do, to save lots of money in international transit costs).

They have the equipment and expertise to locally mirror pretty much any online store the studio's want to create. It's just about price and DRM that customers feel are excessive, thereby creating a "justification" for them to "steal". Not to mention movies being released overseas months before release here on DVD/iTunes etc.

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