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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Don't get compacent!!!
by BigBentheAussie on Fri 5th Feb 2010 09:25 UTC
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"ISP's in Australia, on the whole, hate downloads from the US, UK, Asia etc because it costs them a fortune in international bandwidth."

Trust me (looks at iiNET bill), ISPs are happy to pass this expense to customers. This may sound jaded, but if the studios had won this legal battle iiNET would probably have seen a 50%+ reduction in profits from users jumping ship or adjusting their bandwidth deals (out of principle, of course). So iiNET's very existence is in jeopardy.

But we are far from out of the woods and we can't expect the studios not to do an end run with their lobbying.

On a related issue, when/if the censorship/filtering laws come into effect in Australia, craftily after the next election, ISPs will see a further reduction in users/bandwidth. Make no mistake, ISPs and the internet users of Australia are under attack.

This legal outcome gives us Australians some hope, but when the government starts up their censorship regime, we will be seen as a tech backwater that we have desperately fought to not be perceived as, and all IT investment in this country will dry up. (And rightly so). It will serve themselves right.

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