Michael Geist has a link to the leaked EU comments on the chapter for third party liability on the internet – being drafted by the USA. The Guardian has weighed into the debate. Kim Weatherall has emerged from her self-imposed seclusion to comment here, here and here. DFAT’s must recent summary and overview of key elements. Anondyne USTR statement.
IPKat reports that the case in Eire in which the record companies sued the ISP, Eirecom, has settled after 8 days of the scheduled 4 weeks of trial. Amongst other details, the ISP adopted a 3 strikes policy and the record companies deployed a service to monitor (entrap?) file”sharers”. Read more here. Some other background and 3 other strikes here, here, here and here.
IPRIA is hosting a free seminar on ISPs liability for authorising copyright infringement. Impressive range of panellists. Possibly the only hotter topic in copyright is what is a reproduction of a substantial part. Score a CPD point! 5 February 2009 at 5.30 for 6.00pm. Details via here.
The convolutedly named The Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy has issued a consultation paper for industry on the Digital Economy Future Directions. Apparently, the consultation draft arises from workshops held in August and September 2008. There is considerable useful detail about the state and composition of the digital economy in Australia and questions on a range of important issues are posed. In connection with the regulatory framework issues,.. Read More
The big movie studios have brought proceedings against iiNet, one of the larger (in a non-Bigpond sort of way) ISPs seeking to impose liability on the ISP for infringing downloading by its subscribers. The Application is here (pdf) and the Statement of Claim is here (pdf). Various analyses: Nic Suzor has a detailed view here Kim Weatherall here Australian PC Mag here The Film Industry outlines its position here IPRoo carries a.. Read More