iiNet: What of the safe harbours?

Justice Cowdroy’s decision in Roadshow v iiNet held that a person who provides facilities that are used for infringement but does not play a more active part — for example by intentionally designing the system to profit, or providing facilities in circumstances where there are only limited non-infringing uses, or explicitly inviting or promoting the[…]

ZDNet Twisted Wire interview

This week I was interviewed by Phil Dobbie for ZDNet's Twisted Wire program. Also interviewed were Peter Coroneos from the Internet Industry Association and Adrianne Pecotic from AFACT. You can listen to the podcast (direct link (mp3)). One thing I found disturbing about this interview was AFACT's suggestion that the law was clear and that[…]

AFACT v iiNet copyright infringement suit

Not really pirates. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End is one of Disney's films at the centre of the law suit. Image © Disney. As you may have heard, the movie industry has sued iiNet for copyright infringement. iiNet have responded that they will 'vigourously defend' the case. EFA released a press release here.[…]

IIA Australian ISPs will not forward copyright enforcement letters

copyright, privacy, isp, secondary liability, safe harbours, authorisation, afact, iia There is always a danger when intermediaries are pressured to act in the interests of copyright owners. There is little oversight, large risks to privacy, and little incentive to refuse in the interests of subscribers. Pressure on intermediaries really alters the copyright balance, making it[…]