iiNet today emerged victorious in a landmark High Court victory against a coalition of film and TV studios on the issue of Internet piracy through peer to peer platforms like BitTorrent, in the conclusion of a long-running case which is viewed as the a test for how Australia’s telecommunications industry will deal with the issue in future.
#iitrial appeal dismissed! wrote iiNet chief executive Michael Malone on Twitter this morning. A statement by the court, available online in PDF format, states:
“Today the High Court dismissed an appeal by a number of film and television companies from a decision of the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia. The High Court held that the respondent, an internet service provider, had not authorised the infringement by its customers of the appellants’ copyright in commercially released films and television programs.