in brief The Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft's (AFACT) legal action over iiNet's alleged breach of copyright took a further watering down today as the film studios removed the "primary" copyright infringement claim.
iiNet said in a statement that the dropped claim alleged that the ISP made copies of the films and demonstrated a complete lack of knowledge of internet technology and operations.
A spokesperson for AFACT said that the authorisation claim, not the copying claim, has always been the main focus of the case for AFACT and that AFACT is so confident in the authorisation claim that it feels it doesn't need the subsidiary claims.
The ISP said it will be seeking costs for today's withdrawal and was "ready and eager" to have the case heard. The start of the hearing is set for Tuesday, 6 October. AFACT did not respond to a request for comment.
This is not the first time a claim has been removed by AFACT in this case, in May a claim of conversion was dropped.