Australian Anti-Piracy Group Threatening ISPs With Legal Action... Even Though Court Already Ruled Against Them

from the fantasy-land dept

Apparently, the Australian "anti-piracy" group AFACT (Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft) is living in a bit of a fantasy land. Despite losing badly in the courts twice by trying to force iiNet to act as a copyright cop, without knowing what is and what is not infringing content, AFACT is now warning other ISPs that they must become copyright cops, or else.
The letter makes several references to the Federal Appeal Court's February ruling on AFACT's bid to make ISPs liable for copyright infringement by their customers.

It gives Exetel seven days to indicate whether it will "attend a meeting with AFACT" to discuss a system of graduated responses to online piracy.
It seems kind of bizarre to cite a ruling in which you lost badly, as a reason why others need to do something that the court said iiNet didn't have to do.
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    TechnoMage (profile), 12 Jul 2011 @ 11:46pm

    Not Bizarre at all, sadly.

    Mike you said:
    It seems kind of bizarre to cite a ruling in which you lost badly, as a reason why others need to do something that the court said iiNet didn't have to do.
    Sadly, no it doesn't. In what other part of their business practices have any 'anti-piracy' or recording industry groups shown a willingness to accept any reality that doesn't fit the one they want.

    From the Wikipedia article on Truthiness:
    "Truthiness is a "truth" that a person claims to know intuitively "from the gut" without regard to evidence, logic, intellectual examination, or facts."

    That sounds exactly like what AFACT is doing here...

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