iiNet vs. AFACT, week 1: Video

iiNet vs. AFACT, week 1: Video

Summary: Check out our video coverage of the iiNet versus AFACT trial in Sydney last week, as well as what the man on the street thinks of the whole mess.


Last Friday was the first week of the legal battle between the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT), representing a number of movie studios, and Australia's third-largest internet service provider iiNet.

The trial is a tense stand-off between the movie studios, which allege iiNet supports content piracy, and iiNet, which claims it is not wholly responsible for what its customers use its network for. reporters Liam Tung and Jacquelyn Holt were at the trial to get the lowdown, and also took to the streets afterwards to see what the general population thinks of the whole mess. You can also follow Liam's live Twitter coverage of the proceedings live on, and a complete archive of our coverage.

Topics: Telcos, Government AU, Piracy, Tech Industry

Liam Tung

About Liam Tung

Liam Tung is an Australian business technology journalist living a few too many Swedish miles north of Stockholm for his liking. He gained a bachelors degree in economics and arts (cultural studies) at Sydney's Macquarie University, but hacked (without Norse or malicious code for that matter) his way into a career as an enterprise tech, security and telecommunications journalist with ZDNet Australia. These days Liam is a full time freelance technology journalist who writes for several publications.

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  • WTF

    There is nothing at all about the iiTrial in this video?!
  • Crap Video

    crap video is crap... especially the questions to the public... the public don't know $%^& and that's the main problem with this whole situation.

    Not to mention the trio of airheads at the end... 'limewire stuffs up your computer'.... morons...
  • Stop annoying the police

    ahh Jackie, ******** those questions were pointless and loaded, and add nothing to the iiNet discussion.

    And to answer the question you attempted to ask the police, would they arrest someone for downloading illegal material? Yes, they would. But they would require an arrest warrant that could only be obtained after due process has been done and someone has been proven to be breaching copyright, they wouldn't do it based on an AFACT allegation. I thought that would have been covered as part of the research for someone doing a video on the AFACT vs iiNet case. I assume you did do research right? And not just make random statements and ask silly questions? No. ahh, that explains it..

    [Editor's note: Part of this talkback item was offensive and has been edited, as per the **** stars]
  • rubbish video

    what did ZD net do? edit all the responses to ones that support the film studios??

    one major issue that causes piracy is territory restriction e.g. a song that is not available in your country, Wecome to the internet give people what they want or they will get it else where
  • Get with the times.

    Illegal downloading is here to stay. There is nothing anyone can do about it. The fact of the matter is is that downloading doesnt hurt the industry any where near as much as they claim, some argue that it actually helps it. Whos to say that i would have purchased or paid to have seen a movie.
  • AFACT = Hypocrites

    Why is AFACT going through the courts to sue iiNet instead of going to iiNet's bank and demanding they give them the money directly? Oh that's right, because they need to prove them guilty in a court of law. So why don't they do the same with the records obtained (I assume legally obtained?) of alleged copyright infringement to get the individual charged rather than demanding iiNet terminate their internet access on an accusation?

    Crap analogy I know, but still this just stinks so much of bully stand over tactics to get what they want their way rather than do it the right way.
  • Get a new presented.

    Very awkward listening to this guy.
  • 'fraid I agree

    For a professional website this is really amateurish. This is branded as a video wrapping up the first week of the trial, but we just get a bit of rambling outside court, then some irrelevant vox pops.

    Its the kind of video a first year media studies student would turn in.
  • Screen grab

    That screen grab does you no favours Liam! You look as bored as I was at a lecture this morning