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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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    Josh, 12 Jul 2011 @ 11:59pm

    Hope it is all just hot air

    But there were comments made by the judge in the last ruling that AFACT seems to be interpreting as meaning an ISP does need to do something if AFACT (or some other copyright holder) issue notices the right way. I really hope the interpretation AFACT are taking on this is not going to be upheld by the law. It would be a very scary precedent for a service provider to be required to take actions against their customer based on allegations by a third party.

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