Australian Government Plans To Continue Holding Secret Anti-Piracy 'Stakeholder' Meetings With Industry; No Consumer Advocates Allowed
from the ridiculous dept
You may recall that the Australian government has been holding a series of secret “anti-piracy” negotiations between the entertainment industry and ISPs. When more information was sought via a Freedom of Information request, the Australian Attorney General sent a fully redacted document, claiming that it was “not in the public interest” to reveal how the industries and the government would be screwing over the public (slight paraphrase). This, alone, is ridiculous. However, getting even more ridiculous is that, following the High Court ruling saying that ISPs are not liable for infringement by their users, the AG has said such meetings will continue:
The Federal Government would “closely examine” the High Court’s judgement in the long-running copyright infringement case won by ISP iiNet over film and TV studios this morning, Federal Attorney-General Nicola Roxon said this afternoon, as she noted that closed-door talks held by her department with industry on the matter would continue.
Thankfully, iiNet’s CEO seems to realize that with this ruling in hand, he doesn’t need to give in to industry blackmail. While noting that the meetings had been “been going around in circles,” in the wake of the High Court ruling, iiNet CEO Michael Malone announced at a press conference that “My preference would be to walk away now.” If only it were that easy.