ISP Liability for Copyright Authorisation: The Trial Decision in Roadshow Films v iiNet
David J. Brennan
Melbourne Law School
June 2, 2010
Communications Law Bulletin, Part One, Vol. 28, No. 4, 2010; Communications Law Bulletin, Part Two, Vol. 29, No. 1, 2010
U of Melbourne Legal Studies Research Paper No. 475
This is an exploration of the contours of copyright authorisation liability as that liability relates to a case involving the Australian internet service provider iiNet and thirty-four film and television companies. A primer on copyright authorisation liability in Australia is provided, together with an economic policy explanation for why such liability exists. The findings in Roadshow Films v iiNet will then be described, together with a critique of certain aspects of the trial judgment.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 23
Keywords: Copyright, Authorisation, Internet, ISP, Peer-to-Peer, BitTorrent, Safe-harbour
JEL Classification: K00, K19, K39Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: June 2, 2010
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