Thursday, July 14, 2005

Autralian Hyperlinking Copyright Infringement Conviction

Another copyright infringement conviction based on hyperlinking, this time from Australia:
Stephen Cooper, operator of the mp3s4free Web site, was found guilty of copyright infringement by Federal Court Justice Brian Tamberlin.

Although Cooper didn't host pirated recordings per se, the court found he breached the law by creating hyperlinks to sites that had infringing sound recordings.

This is the first such judgement against hyperlinking in Australia.

Tamberlin found against all other respondents in the case, namely ISP Comcen, its employee Chris Takoushis, Comcen's parent company E-Talk Communications, and its director Liam Bal.

Now it's count down to the KaZaA verdict Down Under.

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