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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    Lauriel (profile), 13 Jul 2011 @ 12:41am


    Sort of. There are some initial contracts (like with a mobile phone carrier) but after that you just pay on a monthlty basis. The packages are graded (little bandwidth, low speed cheapest > high bandwidth, high speeds cost more).

    So it isn't quite pay as you go, but yes, we're not locked into long term contracts as a general rule. That said, there are only so many ISPs. When the majors inevitably fold (to stay in the government's good books, so they get lucrative deals on the new National Broadband Network currently underway), then the smaller players will follow suit.

    Still hoping this doesn't happen, and they follow iiNet's lead and tell AFACT where to go. :)

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