AFACT v iiNet: iiNet moves to reassure customers

ISP posts statement on its website as day 15 of court case begins.

iiNet has moved to reassure customers that it never supported breaches of the Copyright Act, following the chief executive’s three and a half day stint in the witness box.

In a statement on its website, the internet service provider (ISP) provided an account of day 14 of court proceedings against the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) in the Federal Court of Australia.

The company said CEO Michael Malone was pleased to have completed his evidence and defend allegations that iiNet encouraged unauthorised downloading of films.

The statement reads: He [Malone] said he remained confident of iiNet's defence and position and in the case. He said iiNet has never in any way supported or encouraged breaches of the law, including infringement of the Copyright Act. Michael also said iiNet does not and never has authorised illegal sharing or downloading of files in breach of copyright laws. He said, on the contrary, he was pleased to be able to spell out how iiNet's Freezone encouraged customers to freely access licensed legal copyright content.

The ISP said it “…would cooperate with copyright holders and law enforcement agencies if the appropriate court orders, warrants or legal processes were followed.”

However, it reiterated that it had no obligation to disconnect its customers, if AFACT or another third party had made an allegation of copyright infringement.

The case resumes this morning, with iiNet’s second witness, chief regulatory officer Steve Dalby, to continue cross-examination.

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