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Intellectual Property, News, Telecommunications - Monday, May 27, 2013 9:49 - 15 Comments
news The Pirate Party of Australia has described as “extortion as a business model” action by a Sydney-based law firm which has seen Australian ISPs issued with a series of letters requesting they hand over the details of users who have allegedly used peer to peer file sharing platforms to pirate content owned by the firm’s clients.
Last week Delimiter revealed that Sydney-based firm Marque Lawyers, which counts intellectual property as amongst its specialities, had issued a number of Australian Internet service providers with letters requesting they reveal the identities of users belonging to IP addresses linked with peer to peer file sharing activity on platforms such as BitTorrent.
Several of the ISPs concerned immediately responded to Marque denying access to the details of the users concerned. The firm has signalled that it is considering using the courts system to apply for what are known as ‘preliminary discovery’ orders to retrieve the information. It is believed by some commentators that this avenue is one of the only ones available to rights holders to tackle piracy in Australia, following the conclusive judgement in the High Court piracy case involving iiNet, the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft and a number of film and TV studios.
The use of the discovery mechanism to source the user details of ISP customers suspected of committing online copyright infringement is a mechanism which has been popularised in the United States over the past several years. It involves copyright owners asking a court to force ISPs to release user details so that those users — rather than the ISP itself — can be prosecuted directly or otherwise targeted by the content owners. Continue…
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