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ISPs: Be careful what you say to media about copyright case

Online tech magazine IT News could have inadvertently lured ISPs into legal disaster with a recent article on copyright issues.  By publishing broadband provider comments about legal advice they may have obtained, the mag could have led them to waive the … Continue reading

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FunnyTel introduces unit pricing in new mega-value FAT plans

Comms industry leader FunnyTel today announced its ground-breaking FAT plans.  No stranger to innovation – FunnyTel was Australia’s first ISP to introduce the random number billing that has since proved so popular with Telstra management – the FAT plans include … Continue reading

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iiNet and AFACT both claim ‘win’ in preliminary discovery issues

We previously reported iiNet’s request for AFACT to give it access to various documents relating to the film studios’ potential actions against other ISPs in Australia and overseas. Yesterday, the Federal Court largely rejected iiNet’s request, limiting the scope of the documents to … Continue reading

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ISP copyright infringement – victory in NZ? … maybe not

With copyright infringement and ISPs a hot issue at the moment, we were interested to hear some news from New Zealand on the topic. Online civil liberty group, Electronic Frontiers Australia, reports on a ‘remarkable victory’ by ISPs in New … Continue reading

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iiNet copyright trial booked in for October. ‘Can we talk about it ?’ asks iiNet.

In the Federal Court in Sydney this morning, Justice Cowdroy booked at least 14 court hearing days starting on 6 October 2009 for the full trial of the iiNet copyright case. View today’s court orders. Trial dates can be moved for … Continue reading

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CSP Central survey: Most copyright infringement notices are invalid

Australian ISPs receive vast numbers of copyright infringement notices headed ‘Commonwealth of Australia’.  That is the official heading of the notices contained in Australia’s Copyright Regulations as part of the ‘safe harbour’ rules.  A document with that heading is clearly intended to … Continue reading

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Game on: AFACT and iiNet in court

The movie industry’s copyright breach claim against ISP iiNet saw the inside of a courtroom for the first time today. As usual for a preliminary hearing, the court only made procedural orders to advance the case to the next stage.

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Copyright safe harbour is for losers

A lot of industry people think that obeying the copyright ‘safe harbour’ rules means a CSP won’t breach copyright.  That’s not so. In fact, the safe harbour rules only become relevant if a CSP has already been found ‘guilty’ of … Continue reading

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iiNet builds its defence against AFACT copyright claim

iiNet supremo Michael Malone has given the clearest indication yet of the company’s detailed defence to AFACT’s copyright action against it. Writing on Whirlpool, Australian broadband’s town square, Malone laid down the law:  ‘We have yet to receive any independently … Continue reading

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Sydney internet café cops copyright fines

An internet café run by Interville Technology pleaded guilty in a Sydney court yesterday to 40 charges of digital copyright infringement, copping a fine of $82,000.  It has also been ordered to forfeit terminals and servers used in connection with … Continue reading

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