Warner, Disney, Others Lose Australian Piracy Appeal

Law360, New York (February 24, 2011, 2:24 PM EST) -- An Australian appeals court on Thursday rejected copyright infringement claims from dozens of major movie studios against iiNet Ltd., ruling that the Internet service provider had not authorized illegal downloading by its customers.

The Federal Court of Australia Full Court upheld a lower court's 2010 ruling that even though the ISP knew some of its subscribers were illegally downloading films and refused to stop them, it had not actually authorized the infringement under Australian law.

The appeals court concluded that even though the studios — including...
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