AFACT drops claim against iiNet

A small victory for the ISP in its copyright court battle

In an ongoing court action, copyright holders have dropped a portion of their legal case involving accusations that internet service provider (ISP), iiNet, has breached copyright.

In November last year, the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT), on behalf of different movie studios, lodged a case against iiNet, stating the company infringed on copyright laws by allowing its subscribers to download pirated films through Bit Torrent and peer-to-peer (P2P) networks.

AFACT has disposed of the legal claim known as ‘conversion’, which suggests iiNet has denied copyright holders their right over possessions.

In a statement from AFACT, the primary claim against iiNet’s failure to intervene in known copyright infringement on its network still stands.

The Federal Court has ordered plaintiffs to reimburse iiNet’s legal costs pertaining to the withdrawn claim.

The case is expected to continue in October.