Trial Opens In Australian Music Copyright Suit

Law360, New York (October 25, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A Sydney court has begun hearing oral arguments in what the music industry calls a “landmark lawsuit” against “one of the world’s largest copyright infringers.”

During the opening of the trial, plaintiff attorneys claimed that defendant Stephen Cooper’s website,, officered a "smorgasbord of sound recordings" to the seven million individual users who visited the site each year.

Cooper’s website had 191 million hits and more than 136 million files requested between November 2002 and October 2003, according to the complaint.

The website was set up...
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