High Court of Australia

Roadshow Films Pty Ltd v iiNet Limited [2012] HCA 16

248 CLR 42; 86 ALJR 494; 286 ALR 466

20 Apr 2012

Case Number: S288/2011


French CJ, Gummow, Hayne, Crennan, Kiefel JJ


Intellectual property – Copyright - Infringement - Authorisation - Appellants owners and exclusive licensees of copyright in commercially released films and television programs ("appellants' films") - Respondent internet service provider supplied internet services under agreement requiring that services not be used to infringe others' rights or for illegal purposes - Users of respondent's internet services infringed copyright in appellants' films by making appellants' films available online using Bit Torrent peer-to-peer file sharing system - Notices served on respondent alleging copyright infringement by users of respondent's internet services - Respondent took no action in response to notices - Whether respondent authorised infringement of copyright in appellants' films by users of respondent's internet services.

Words and phrases – "authorise".

Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) – ss 86(c), 101(1), 101(1A).


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