From Slashdot; Aust ISP in ‘world first’ music industry court case
In what is believed to be the first case of its kind in the world, the Australian music industry has listed an Internet service provider (ISP) as a respondent in a court case involving alleged music piracy.
E-Talk Communications, trading as Comcen Internet Services found itself in Federal Court in front of Justice Brian Tamberlin in Sydney this afternoon charged with making money from the provision of copyright-infringing music files. This is the first time the music industry has accused an ISP of being directly involved in piracy by allowing its infrastructure to be used for file-trading activities, according to Michael Speck, the manager of Music Industry Piracy Investigations (MIPI), who led the industry’s investigation.
[…] The tactic marks an escalation in the simmering battle between the music industry and the ISPs over how much responsibility the latter should take for any copyright infringing behaviour of their subscribers. Around the world the music industry is attempting to force ISPs to hand over the details of specific customers, and the Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) pulled out of negotiations with the Internet Industry Association (IIA) over differences on this issue.
“This case proves what the music industry has been saying about the Internet industry for many years, that music piracy is an integral part of the ISP business model,” Speck told ZDNet Australia . He added that the evidence uncovered in this case proves that ISPs know how much illegal file sharing is happening on their networks, and they embrace it for the revenue.
Note that Mr. Speck is making a career of this: Speck on P2P
The Slashdot discussion, Aussie Music Industry Sues ISP Over Filesharing, raises a point not given in the article:
Wrong wrong wrong wrong (Score:2)
by ghostrider_one (182445) on Wednesday October 22, @05:50AM (#7279370)
The body of this article is completely wrong.
The site in question does not host infringing content, it is merely a bunch of links to other sites where allegedly infringing content can allegedly be had. It’s bad enough they’re suing the operator of the site, it’s worse that they’re suing his ISP. If the music industry succeeds in criminalising this type of activity, you could be sued simply for linking to kazaalite.com or napster.com