Bogus ‘Piracy’ Studies Incites Fear, Calls For Reduction in Internet Speed

Juha over at CW writes, “Ahead of the Anti-Counterfeit Trade Agreement meeting in Wellington, we’re starting to see commissioned studies that predict digital devastation of jobs and industries unless… unless what exactly? We go back in time and snip everyone’s internet access? Would that keep record company and movie studio profits high and trade unions happy as their members’ jobs in film and music industries are safe? Lace such figures with a dollop of fear — job losses for instance — and there’s a moral panic of sorts being created that politicians feel they have to act on”

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Sanity prevails: iiNet win landmark case against Guilt Upon Accusation in Australia

According to people on Twitter (who are never wrong) the Judge has ruled that iiNet were not guilty in the landmark case about Guilt Upon Accusation in Australia. In 2008 AFACT, a cousin of NZFACT,accused iiNet  of allowing infringement, saying they “had ignored requests from the companies to discipline its customers for breaking copyright laws” iiNet said that they “cannot disconnect a customer’s phone line based on an allegation. The alleged offence needs to be pursued by the police and proven in the courts” The Judge has been quoted saying that “I find that iiNet simply can’t be seen as approving infringement” and “the mere provision of access to internet is not the means to infringement”. AFACT has been ordered to pay iiNets court costs. The EFA say that this decision protects internet users  whereas others simply say that Film industry’s case was torn to shreds.

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