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Australia’s Options to Reduce Piracy * TorrentFreak

pirate duckBeing held responsible for the actions of others can seem fundamentally unfair but when the internet is involved, liability is rarely more than a step away.

In 2008, consuming pirated movies and TV shows using BitTorrent was practically the norm in Australia and rightsholders had seen enough. Movie and TV show companies, including Village Roadshow, Universal, Warner, Paramount, Sony, 20th Century Fox, and Disney, sent copyright infringement notices to internet service provider iiNet, demanding action against its pirating subscribers.

Authorization, Liability, Safe Harbor

Citing various grounds, iiNet refused. The studios responded with a lawsuit that made global headlines while raising key questions on big issues.

On the basis that iiNet’s customers were primary/direct infringers, did iiNet ‘authorize’ those infringing activities in its role as a service provider? Could iiNet be held liable when its customers downloaded and shared movies using BitTorrent? Could iiNet rely…

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