Conroy pondering iiNet judgement

Conroy pondering iiNet judgement

Summary: Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has issued a brief statement in relation to the iiNet trial verdict handed this morning, saying the Federal Government will look into its details.

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Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has issued a brief statement in relation to the iiNet trial verdict handed this morning, saying the Federal Government will look into its details.

Stephen Conroy

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"The government will examine the Federal Court's decision in the AFACT/iiNet case and will consider what the implications for the industry are," Conroy said.

Justice Cowdroy today handed iiNet a sound victory in the Australian ISP's long-running battle against a coalition of film and television studios, finding that iiNet did not authorise copyright infringement carried out by its customers using the BitTorrent file-sharing platform.

Conroy's response today has been particularly anticipated by the telecommunications sector due to the fact that AFACT executive director Neil Gane appeared to appeal to government intervention in the issue of how copyright infringement should be dealt with.

"We are confident that the government does not intend a policy outcome where rampant copyright infringement is allowed to continue unaddressed and unabated via the iiNet network," Gane in a statement, speaking on behalf of the organisation and the film and TV studios which brought the action.

Conroy has previously commented on the trial.

For example, in March 2009, the minister said iiNet's defence was like something which "belongs in a Yes, Minister episode", referring to the famously bureaucratic television series.

Topics: Telcos, Government AU

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  • Conroy

    How the hell did he get the communications job? It's something he doesn't do, or he would know the majority of internet users don't want his idiotic filter.
    anonymous
  • History lesson

    When you put a dinosaur into the communications role you are going to get archaic interpertations of technology and its uses.
    anonymous
  • Ridiculous

    This is ridiculous.

    Corporate Lobby groups are trying to run our country and succeeding!

    Don't even get me started about Conroy!

    Short story;

    People/Group with $$$ paying to get their own way. People of this country stepped on and persecuted for a buck!
    anonymous
  • Warning!

    Conroy!! You better leave this one alone or it will be the nail in your coffin mate.

    You already look like a tool, Don't make yourself a blantant sellout!@
    anonymous
  • CONroy

    If the ISP is responsible for file sharing programs being used to infringe copyright then the Australian political party system is responsible for enabling morons into a position of power. Oh wait, it is, bad analogy.
    anonymous
  • CONroy belongs in "Yes, Minister!"

    He's completely out of his depth when it comes to anything related to the internet, hasn't the slightest clue about the technology involved in the NBN, and most of what he has to say is COGS: Consignment of Geriatric Shoemakers, i.e., Load of old cobblers.
    anonymous