Suing downloaders won’t solve piracy: expert

A copyright law expert says there is nothing stopping film companies from suing illegal downloaders in Australia, but he does not think the approach offers a solution to the problem of film piracy.

In the US and Europe, film companies have long pursued illegal downloaders individually; finding their details, sending out letters of demand, and settling for a sum of money, usually somewhere between a few hundred and a few thousand dollars.

So far this approach hasn’t been taken in Australia, where copyright owners have instead focused their legal action against internet service providers (ISPs) themselves for facilitating the illegal activity, as in the ongoing legal battle between the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) and iiNet.

But that could all be about to change — via

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