Roadshow Films gave $500k to political parties

Roadshow Films gave $500k to political parties

Summary: Roadshow Films, one of the film studios that brought a copyright case against ISP iiNet, donated almost $500,000 to Australian political parties in the lead up to filing its case.

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Roadshow Films, one of the film studios involved in the recent copyright case against internet service provider iiNet, donated almost $500,000 to Australian political parties in the lead up to filing its case.

A coalition of Roadshow and other studios, led by the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft, filed the case late 2008, arguing that the ISP infringed copyright by failing to take steps the studios considered reasonable to prevent customers from downloading and uploading films and TV shows over its network.

Last week the judge ruled for iiNet, saying that the internet service provider had not authorised its users to infringe copyright. The film industry was ordered to pay court costs.

The $500,000 in donations was revealed in the 2007/08 annual financial disclosure returns from political parties listed on the Australian Electoral Commission website. The 2007/08 year ended 30 June 2008.

A total $290,091 was donated to the Labor Party whilst $197,700 was donated to the Liberal Party. The amount was spread between both political parties' state and federal branches.

The day after the ruling was handed down, Communications Minister Stephen Conroy told ABC TV's Hungry Beast that he hoped the film and internet industry could work together on piracy.

"I think that a mature approach by both the movie industry and the internet industry sitting down, having a conversation and coming up with a code of practice is the absolute preferable outcome. The problem is at the moment in Australia there is no agreement, there is no discussion, there is no dialogue and people resorted to court," Conroy said.

Topics: Telcos, Government AU

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  • This has to stop!

    The problem with our society. Large corporations PAYING to get their way... Government is to serve the people... all the people, not just the ones with deep pockets.

    End this ridiculous crap. How is this ethical in the slightest!

    As soon as these things come to light the politicians should be removed from their positions!
    anonymous
  • Extreme hypocrisy once again from Conroy

    "The problem is at the moment in Australia there is no agreement, there is no discussion, there is no dialogue and people resorted to court," Conroy said.

    Except for the "court" bit it's just about everything you could say about his filter.
    anonymous
  • Political donations should be anonymous

    I wish the government had the balls to completely ban political donations by businesses or at least force them to be anonymous. I'd rather pay higher taxes than allow politicians to be bought, the whole system is corrupt
    anonymous
  • Oooo

    It's internet time at the nursing home!
    anonymous
  • Ooh...Free cash

    Hopefully they've learnt that money can't buy you everything.
    anonymous
  • Boohoo

    Thta's not you is it Digger11. :P
    anonymous
  • "I wish the government had the balls to..."

    "...completely ban political donations by businesses or at least force them to be anonymous."

    Unfortunately I'm not sure that anonymity would work. A company representative would just have to mention, in a private meeting, that the party might be getting a big donation soon... maybe in the region of $200,013.76, for example...

    And when it was received, only the public and the opposition would be unable to tell where it came from.
    anonymous
  • Your on the wrong post - duh.

    The article was about political donations and its association to the iiNet piracy case.

    Get back on the drugs dude, and stop your whinging - or at least stay on topic.
    anonymous
  • Copyright

    How much is that copyright in the window? I sure hope that copyright is for sale..
    anonymous
  • Consistency

    It's worth noting that Village Roadshow has been a consistently generous donor to political parties for many yrs. Approx $450,000 in 2001-2, Approx same amount in 2004-5.

    So while the suggestion of large political donations in the lead up to a court case could be considered interesting if it was a once off, when taken as a long term occurence it becomes less remarkable. (Which suggests Mr Grubb might ever so slightly be making a 'beat up'? - Sorry Ben.)
    Perhaps a focus on corporate donations to political parties and the implications of same, with the iiNet case as an example might have been a better focus?
    anonymous
  • politics

    I'm pretty sure politics was invented with the notion of turning the transaction of taking a bribe into a whole career.
    anonymous
  • lol

    If they can give $500,000 to Political parties, then they have the money to go to court and fight the users.

    Pretty silly imho, Donations especially if there is a court case with the plaintiff should be banned.
    anonymous
  • Re: Whingers!!

    Who's "Whinging" here!!
    anonymous
  • Tax deduction purpose

    IMO with limited accounting skills is that their donation is merely for tax deduction.

    Really $500,000 doesn't do much, for the amount of money they make!!
    anonymous
  • the whole system is corrupt

    one way to look at it is that donations = legalised corruption!
    anonymous
  • Political donations

    Political donations need to be banned...the parties should be allocated a set amount to campaign with and nothing more.
    Donations just add to the corruption.
    anonymous