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Hollywood studios lose download battle

The film studios, also including Sony Pictures Entertainment, 20th Century Fox and Paramount Pictures, teamed up to file a lawsuit against iiNet – accusing bosses at the internet service provider of failing to take action to curb illegal file-sharing by customers.

The legal papers also alleged iiNet breached copyright laws by storing and transmitting the data through its system.

But movie industry giants lost the case after a judge at Australia’s Federal Court in Sydney ruled against them – insisting it was not possible to hold iiNet responsible for users infringing copyright.

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Judge Dennis Cowdroy told the court, “While I find that iiNet had knowledge of infringements occurring, and did not act to stop them, such findings do not necessitate a finding of authorisation. The evidence establishes that iiNet has done no more than to provide an internet service to its users.”

The managing director of iiNet, Michael Malone, welcomed the ruling and hopes his company will be able to work with the Hollywood studios in the future to help stamp out illegal downloads.

He say, “We would like to engage with all the movie studios and the other rights holders, and see if we can find a way to get this stuff legitimately online.”

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