ISP Liability for Copyright Authorisation: The Trial Decision in Roadshow Films v iiNet

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

23 Pages Posted: 2 Jun 2010  

David J. Brennan

Swinburne Law School

Date Written: June 2, 2010

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Copyright, Authorisation, Internet, ISP, Peer-to-Peer, BitTorrent, Safe-harbour

JEL Classification: K00, K19, K39

Suggested Citation

Brennan, David J., ISP Liability for Copyright Authorisation: The Trial Decision in Roadshow Films v iiNet (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. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1619128

David J. Brennan (Contact Author)

Swinburne Law School ( email )

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3122 Victoria, Victoria 3122
Australia

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