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Australian Court Gives Green Light To Disconnect Pirates 131

aesoteric writes "The Full Bench of Australia's Federal Court (three judges) has dismissed the film industry's appeal against a February 2010 judgment that found ISP iiNet had not authorised copyright infringement on its network. However, the ruling was a 2-1 majority and the judges have made several concessions to the Hollywood film studios. In particular, they set out a prescriptive path for the film industry to change the way it identifies alleged copyright infringers. The ruling says that if the film industry amends the format of its notices of infringement, pays the ISP to vet the notices and indemnifies the ISP against any fallout from disconnecting a customer, then disconnection is a reasonable step the ISPs should take to combat piracy. Essentially, the ruling gives internet service providers no absolute protection over the actions of their subscribers."
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Australian Court Gives Green Light To Disconnect Pirates

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  • by Lord_of_the_nerf ( 895604 ) on Friday February 25, 2011 @12:20AM (#35309242)

    Actually, it's in our constitution, verbatim:

    "Ye shall have the right to be judged two peers and the village idiot who dost equate the sharing of files with wagon theft."

  • Piracy. (Score:2, Funny)

    by Sasayaki ( 1096761 ) on Friday February 25, 2011 @12:58AM (#35309428)

    Copyright infringement is not piracy. This woman [], known as the Lion of Brittany, was a pirate. I doubt she had many MP3s, although she did have three ships, seven children and a very successful thirteen year career as a pirate where she took great delight in personally executing French noblemen with an axe and tossing their bodies overboard.

    Put into perspective, copyright infringement- even deliberate, for-profit, commercial piracy- pales in comparison. Really, now. They might as well call it "rape", from the Latin "raptus", meaning to seize by force and carry away.

    ... although maybe I shouldn't give them ideas. Next we'll see 13 year old kids being accused of "Multimedia Rape" for downloading a Beiber MP3, when the correct term for downloading a Beiber MP3 is "Aural Rape".

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