Judge rules in favour of iiNet (australian news)

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/technology/1007995/judge-rules-in-favour...

Internet provider iiNet says it has always been a good corporate citizen and is getting on with business now that it's been vindicated by a court.

A Federal Court found iiNet could not be held responsible for unauthorised downloads of movies on the internet.

A syndicate of studios, headed by Village Roadshow, tried to prove iiNet not only failed to take steps to stop illegal file-sharing by customers but breached copyright itself by storing and transmitting the data through its system.

But Justice Dennis Cowdroy on Thursday found that it was "impossible" to find against iiNet for what its users did.

"It is impossible to conclude that iiNet has authorised copyright infringement ... (it) did not have relevant power to prevent infringements occurring," Justice Cowdroy said in his judgment.

The judge recommended the application be dismissed and that the consortium of studios pay the court costs.

The internet provider said the judgment was a "vindication".

"iiNet has always been, and will continue to be, a good corporate citizen and an even better copyright citizen," the company said in a statement.

"We have never supported or encouraged breaches of the law, including infringement of the Copyright Act of the Telecommunications Act."

The company said it would move now get on with business.

At 1105 AEDT its shares remained in a trading halt entered prior to the judgment.

They last traded at $1.98

Well they can put that one in their pipes and smoke that too.

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Comment by Fred Black on February 4, 2010 at 10:30pm
This case was a load of sh*t to begin with. The media companies (employing private investigators) were the ones who shared the files, and then they complained that was illegal (people sharing what they had made available). They also had the PI's record the IP numbers of those who took their bait and downloaded.

I did a blog on this - here. It looks to me that we can expect a lot more of this trickery and any other excuse for blocking more and more web content access in the near future.
Comment by truth on February 4, 2010 at 9:59pm
Good news! Thanks for the post Peter.

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