iiNet confident of Federal Court reaffirming copyright judgement

Aussie ISP hopeful of stronger ruling

iiNet is convinced the Federal Court will reaffirm and strengthen its earlier copyright judgement which cleared the company of copyright breaches.

The assertion comes after the Federal Court's announcement of hearing dates for the appeal, lodged by the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) on behalf of Hollywood studios. iiNet also lodged a Notice of Contention in a bid to secure the original judgement.

iiNet CEO Michael Malone on Friday stated that his company's legal position was not only very strong but that he was extremely positive of an even stronger decision in the ISP's favour.

"We go into this latest round legal round anticipating we will come out in an even stronger position than when we won February," he said. "Justice Cowdroy’s judgment was unequivocally in our favour and we are confident the Full Court will confirm his ruling and strengthen it."

Malone added that AFACT's appeal was disappointing. "Neither the original case nor this latest appeal will stop piracy, even if in the unlikely event they won the appeal," he said. "More legal proceedings are not the solution."

The hearing will be held from 2-5 August, before Justices Emmett, Jagot and Nicholas.

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