Thursday, October 8, 2009

Illegal downloads case gets its own medicine; Sydney Morning Herald, 10/7/09

Miriam Steffens, Sydney Morning Herald; Illegal downloads case gets its own medicine:

THE opening salvo in the landmark case by Australian and US film studios against the internet access provider iiNet over illegal film downloads featured gunshots in the Federal Court yesterday when lawyers showed a bank robbery scene from The Dark Knight to illustrate the copyright piracy the company is alleged to allow its customers.

Tony Bannon, SC, barrister for the 34 claimants, which include Warner Bros, 20th Century Fox, Village Roadshow and Kerry Stokes's Seven Network, said in his opening submission that a year of investigations into iiNet showed 94,942 instances where users made unauthorised copies of titles such as Harry Potter and the Batman movies available using file-sharing software such as BitTorrent.

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