The High Court has unanimously dismissed the appeal by film and TV companies against the NSW Federal Court ruling that iiNet did not authorise copyright infringement when its Internet customers downloaded pirated movies.
After two unsuccessful attempts to collar Australia's second largest ISP iiNet for copyright infringement in court, the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) which represents major film companies and the Seven TV network is lodging an appeal in the High Court of Australia. AFACT is alleging that iiNet authorised copyright infringement by users of its service.
The High Court is due to hand down its decision on the movie studios' long-running bid to nail iiNet for sanctioning breach of copyright by failing to stop its customers to download copyrighted movies over the Internet.
The High Court has granted 34 film and TV sector companies special right to appeal a February decision from the Federal Court which will see the companies again take on WA based internet service provider iiNet over alleged copyright infringement.
The Federal Court has set 2- 5 August 2010 to hear AFACT's appeal against the judgement brought against in its attempt to sue iiNet for breach of copyright over iiNet customers downloads of copyrighted movies.
On the eve of a the High Court hearing an appeal application from the movie studies that have been waging a long running legal battle with iiNet over copyright issues, iiNet has called for the industry as a whole to get together and make content legitimately available online.
The Federal Government has distanced itself from a report that it was waiting for the outcome of the high-profile court case between iiNet and a number of movie and TV studios before seeking to overhaul online copyright laws dealing with illegal file-sharing by Australians.
The chairman of the Internet Industry Assocation, Peter Coroneos, has told the CIOs of many of Australia's universities that, should the movie studios succeed in their appeal against iiNet over copyright infringement, the universities would have almost no protection against damages claims brought against them for use of their networks for the unauthorised downloading or storage of copyright con
New Zealand Herald: "Several weeks ago the Australian high court ruled in favour of Aussie ISP iiNet in a landmark legal battle where AFACT (Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft) argued that iiNet was as guilty as some of its subscribers of online copyright infringement."