Aussie ISP Iinet getting sued by Hollywood studiosMikey 6 comments
From our little corner of the world here in Perth Western Australia I have often blogged about the RIAA and other organisations suing individuals and companies over p2p and copyright theft. These actions have typically taken place in the USofA or in European countries where the very notion of such a law suite is laughable.
But our good friend and contributor The Movie Whore sends me news this morning that no less than 7 Hollywood studios are suing one of our (Australia's) largest ISP's - Iinet - accusing them of doing little to prevent or police their clients from sharing files on Torrent networks. In their own words, they are suing Iinet for:
"failing to take reasonable steps, including enforcing its own terms and conditions, to prevent known unauthorized use of copies of the companies’ films and TV programs by iiNet’s customers via its network."
The law suite is specifically being bought forward by Village Roadshow, Universal Pictures, Warner Bros Entertainment, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Disney Enterprises and curiously the Seven Network, one of the major television broadcasters here.
Iinet CEO Michael Malone is not impressed.
"I think they genuinely believe that ISP's have a secret magic wand that we are hiding and if we bring it out we can make piracy disappear just by waving it."
Watching with interest.