Top telco stalls war on film piracy

A scheme to help Hollywood movie studios catch online copyright infringers is on the verge of collapse after iiNet, the nation’s third-largest telco, abandoned plans to trial the new system.

The trial — which had been devised in consultation with Australia’s three largest telcos, Telstra, Optus and iiNet, and representatives from Hollywood’s major movie studios — would have seen internet service providers pass on notices of alleged online copyright infringement to their customers.

But Hollywood’s hopes that the proposed notice system would be up and running in the new year have now been dashed, after iiNet withdrew from the trial following its landmark defence of a High Court legal battle with 34 of Hollywood’s biggest movie and television studios earlier this year.

iiNet has informed the Communications Alliance, the government and the other ISPs involved in the discussions that it does not intend to participate in an industry-led trial, as currently envisaged, designed to test methods to deter online copyright infringement, Communications Alliance chief executive John Stanton told The Australian — via

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