Copyright owners should make their content more readily available online and an independent body should be established to manage allegations of copyright infringement, according to a paper released today by leading Internet Service Provider, iiNet.
In releasing the paper, iiNet Chief Executive, Michael Malone, repeated his call for the film industry and copyright holders to work with the industry to make their content legitimately available.
He said iiNet released the paper following the Federal Court case, Roadshow Films Pty Ltd & Ors v iiNet Limited, to encourage more productive public discussion about the provision of legitimate online content and propose a future model for policing copyright infringement.
“iiNet has never supported or encouraged breaches of the law, including infringement of the Copyright Act,” Mr Malone said.
“This legal case has not stopped one illegal download, and we believe there is a much better way than that previously promoted by the studios.”
The paper, Encouraging Legitimate use of On-line Content, argues that while movie studios spend millions of dollars marketing and creating a demand for their products they do not make the content easily and readily available.
“People are crying out to access the studios materials, so much so some are prepared to steal it. Also there is that other problem that Hollywood reboots (they don’t seem to be making movies anymore.. just reboots, sequels and prequels) are not worth paying for.
“A more effective approach would be for the studios to make their content more readily and cheaply available online,” Mr Malone said.
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