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  • AFACT v iiNet: Government called to action

    Service providers, rights holders and internet users are anxiously awaiting news of whether the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) will further appeal the decision against it today by the Federal Court, but both the industry body and defendant iiNet are clear on a single message: The Federal Government must step in.

  • AFACT hit by second round of DDoS attacks

    The loose-knit confederation of internet activists who organise under the banner "Anonymous" have launched a renewed distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack against the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) this week as part of "Operation Payback".

  • AFACT applauds LimeWire ruling

    The Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) has welcomed a US Federal Court ruling that popular peer-to-peer file sharing service, LimeWire and its operators, are liable for inducement of copyright infringement.

  • AFACT v iiNet: ISP kicks off its closing arguments

    iiNet senior counsellor, Richard Cobden, has told the Federal Court of Australia that although 97,000 copyright infringements have been allegedly detected within its customer base there is only adequate evidence to hold one user liable. The comments formed part of the closing arguments in the civil case with the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT).

  • AFACT v iiNet: BitTorrent tracking details featured

    AFACT’s closing statements have focused on the admission by iiNet (ASX: IIN) executives they considered the information provided in AFACT’s copyright infringement notices as ‘compelling evidence’ rather than ‘mere allegations’. In the final days of the civil case at the Federal Court of Australia, AFACT barrister, Tony Bannon SC, highlighted the manner in which AFACT investigators had tracked copyright infringements.

  • AFACT v iiNet: Draft eSecurity Code introduced in court

    The Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT), which represents more than 30 film studios and TV broadcasters, has submitted to the court a draft ISP code of conduct relating to computer security, despite Justice Cowdroy questioning its relevance.

  • AFACT v iiNet: iiNet moves to reassure customers

    iiNet has moved to reassure customers that it never supported breaches of the Copyright Act, following the chief executive’s three and a half day stint in the witness box. In a statement on its website, the internet service provider (ISP) provided an account of day 14 of court proceedings against the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) in the Federal Court of Australia.

  • AFACT v iiNet: Malone would prefer illegal downloaders to go elsewhere

    iiNet chief executive officer, Michael Malone, has said he would prefer users to go elsewhere if they were going to use the Internet for illegal downloading. Malone took the stand for his third successive day of cross examination in the civil case between the internet service provider (ISP) and the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) in the Federal Court of Australia.

  • AFACT v iiNet decision months away

    The legal stoush between the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft and Internet service provider, iiNet, resumes on Monday, but the judge's decision is unlikely to come until next year. iiNet chief executive officer, Michael Malone, is expected to take the stand to kick off the ISP's case, after AFACT finished presenting its witnesses to the Federal Court of Australia in Sydney two weeks ago.

  • AFACT tactics have origins in 1975 UNSW library case

    Some of the legal issues at stake and the tactics employed by the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) in its civil case against Internet Service Provider iiNet in the Federal Court of Australia have their origins in a landmark copyright case involving the University of NSW library in 1975.

  • AFACT has already notched up a win in copyright case

    The film studios and TV stations represented by the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) have already notched up a win in their civil case against Internet service provider, iiNet, whichever way you look at it. AFACT has considerable runs on the board regardless of what happens at the outcome of the case, which will run for one more week in Sydney at the Federal Court of Australia, have two weeks off and return for a final two weeks.

  • iiNet: AFACT’s 94,942 figure artificially inflated

    Legal representatives for Internet Service Provider, iiNet, have claimed copyright infringement figures presented to the Federal Court of Australia by Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) in the civil case between the parties were “artificially inflated”.

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