Top posts on the AFACT v iiNet case – Week 3

The comments have been coming thick and fast - here are a few we thought were worth reading from week 3 of the trial

Controversy over the ongoing iiNet vs AFACT case has once again sparked an influx of comments on online articles and forums. As the third week of the case draws to a close, we take a look at the top posts.

See the first week's top posts See the second week's top posts

Week 3:

Duncan Maitland on AFACT v iiNet case could tarnish music industry image But film studios / record companies really do need to be hit over the head with a cluestick. The number of times I've *wanted* to give them money so that I can buy a particular movie or TV series or CD, but it isn't available, drives me crazy. They need to recognise that they are in a global market and embrace electronic methods of delivery, that don't make people feel like they are breaking the law like most of their DRM stuff does. They will never stop piracy, but a fair chunk of illegal P2P file sharing would disappear if they changed their business models just a bit.

Bruce on AFACT v iiNet case could tarnish music industry image While the dinosaurs that run the music industry have dug their own tar pit they are not entirely in the wrong. I would like to see the whole copyright thing tightened up. I would like to see what happens to our own youth when their access to unlimited free content is restricted. Would some of them turn into content producers. Would we shift the measure of value back from passive collectors where we measure in quantity to the creators where we measure in quality. Of course our young-uns would have to face down other barriers – like the high cost of bandwidth within Australia (to prop up different dinosaurs) and expensive proprietary software (yet more dinosaurs). However these barriers are not insurmountable and once we bite the bullet and do the digital equivalent of sending our kids outside to play (after reminding them never to accept candy from corporate strangers) we may enjoy a very positive result. We might even briefly rediscover Australian culture (before the ATO comes in and forces our best and brightest offshore).

iiNet CEO, Michael Malone in AFACT v iiNet: Malone confronted with Exetel system claims “Mr Linton is not a reasonable source of information about anything”.

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