Optus won't reprimand pirating users

Optus won't reprimand pirating users

Summary: Optus director of government and corporate affairs Maha Krishnapillai said today that although it planned to work with other internet service providers and the government on preventing internet piracy, it did not believe in sending alleged infringement notices to users.

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Optus director of government and corporate affairs Maha Krishnapillai said today that although it planned to work with other internet service providers and the government on preventing internet piracy, it did not believe in sending alleged infringement notices to users.

Maha Krishnapillai
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Speaking on a conference call discussing Optus' third quarter financial results, Krishnapillai said the company would not "go telling our customers directly what they can and can't run across our network".

Meanwhile, competing internet service provider Exetel has said it will inform its users when it has received alleged infringement notices pertaining to their accounts.

Krishnapillai did, however, say that Optus was "quite happy" to work with the government on preventing piracy.

"We'd also like to work with other content providers, because ultimately getting that content availability to all customers easily and in the right format is probably the ultimate goal of ourselves as well as the content providers," he said. "So we're keen to work with the government but we're very much of the view that there is quite a long way to go and we want to make that as cooperative as possible."

Krishnapillai's comments follow Federal Court Judge Justice Dennis Cowdroy's decision that internet service providers are not responsible for piracy that occurs over their network. The day after the case, the minister for Communications said he wanted the film and internet industries to develop a code of conduct.

Topics: Telcos, Government AU, Optus

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  • Why Would you

    Being an ISP and having to police your network is like being the RTA and policing your roads.

    It doesn't happen, with the RTA, the enforcement of the rules is done by a different group, called the Plice traffic Branch.

    ISP's need to concetrate on providing a reliable and stable network, good ISP first level support, and a decent billing system.

    I personally admire the ISP's that are holding strong about their responsibilities.
    anonymous
  • followint the money - it a revenue item.

    In NSW speeding is enforced by the State Revenue Office. No hiding the purpose of lower speeds limits in NSW.
    I'd suggest that piracy could be similarly policed by the ATO, as a revenue measure rather than a copyright infrigement measure, just a thought.
    anonymous
  • Yes, it's revenue, but stop chasing individuals

    When you go looking for Torrent links, whether legitimate or pirate, you usually end up on site that maintain huge lists of torrent links and ADVERTISING.

    The current system of chase-the-person means that 1 person in 1,000,000 is pummelled into the ground and financially ruined while the other 999,999 keep downloading without a care.

    Go after the ADVERTISERS on these sites and they will dry up faster than a "ShamWOW" effectively cutting it off at the "source".
    anonymous
  • Exetel

    Exetel has always sent out copyright infringement allegations, the recent change in their policy is that they will no longer require users to acknowledge their receipt of notices via a blocked page.
    anonymous
  • Are OPTUS/Singtel behind malicious cyber attack?

    Typical "each way" bet we've come to Expect from Singtel/Optus

    Singtel/Optus are probably involved in the cyber "hacking" of the DCBE website!

    You wont here Maha mention that!
    anonymous
  • notices

    I've kept my data away from prying eyes since receiving one of these notices years ago. Its about time they have been recognized as being worthless.
    anonymous