High Court of Australia Rules Against Hollywood Studios

In a major setback for rights holders doing business in Australia, the High Court of Australia has ruled that Internet providers have no legal obligation to act on copyright infringement notices sent to them by rights holders. The court ruled that copyright infringement notices provide no "reasonable basis for sending warning notices to individual customers containing threats to suspend or terminate those customers' accounts."

This is the third decision that movie studios have lost in the country related to copyright infringement. Hollywood studios including Warner Bros, Disney and 20th Century Fox were represented by AFACT in its action against Australian ISP iiNet.

Though this latest defeat in court could be viewed as a setback for rights holders, the group representing them – the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) – will now turn its attention to lawmakers for solutions.

"Now that we have taken this issue to the highest court in the land, it is time for Government to act," said AFACT in a statement. "We are confident the Government would not want copyright infringement to go on unabated across Australian networks especially with the rollout of the NBN [the fiber-based National Broadband Network]."

You can read the full decision here (PDF).

Source: Ars Technica

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