Australian ISP Stops Kicking People Off The Internet Following iiNet Ruling

from the evidence-needed dept

It looks like the iiNet ruling is already having some positive impact in Australia. The crux of the ruling is that copyright infringement is not an "I know it when I see it" violation, but rather a complex issue that requires a court to weigh in. Asking an ISP to simply assume that someone is infringing, and thus to kick them off, is problematic and potentially goes against basic due process. It appears that other ISPs are now realizing that they were being too hasty in blocking internet access. Competing ISP Exetel, who used to block access to accused file sharers, has now announced a change of policy. Of course, it could have stood up for its customers' rights in the first place, like iiNet did...

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    Steve R. (profile), 11 Feb 2010 @ 5:13am

    By Logical Extension

    By logical extension, anyone at anytime should be able to enter your house and search it for "unathorized" content/products.

    A while back, I ran across this quote from John Perry Barlow:

    "The greatest constraint on your future liberties may come not from government but from corporate legal departments laboring to protect by force what can no longer be protected by practical efficiency or general social consent."

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