Welcomes Kazaa Verdict
The Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) today welcomed the
decision of the Federal Court of Australia against the owners and
operators of the Kazaa file sharing network.
Today’s decision means that the owners and operators of the
Kazaa “peer to peer” file sharing network are liable for
the millions of copyright infringements which happen across that network
on a daily basis.
ARIA Chairman, Denis Handlin, said: “This decision represents
another important step in the industry’s commitment towards
creating a commercially viable legitimate online music business. The
industry is a great supporter of legitimate operators and is committed
to ensuring that all of those who create and distribute music obtain
a fair return for their efforts and that the public get legitimate
copies. Unauthorised file sharing is theft and today’s decision
makes that abundantly clear”.
Stephen Peach, ARIA CEO, said: “Today’s decision puts
beyond doubt the question as to whether or not the Kazaa service is
illegal – it clearly is. This is a victory for common sense.
Importantly, this is not a decision about technology. It simply confirms
the long standing legal principle that those who seek to profit from
promoting and facilitating copyright theft by others will be liable
for those infringements. It doesn’t matter what technology is
used – if you build a business helping others infringe copyright,
you will be liable”.
Today’s judgment is one of the most important court decisions
concerning internet piracy and will prove to be a watershed for the
owners and operators of illegal file sharing networks both here and
5 September 2005
Enquiries: Christy Hayes
- ARIA Communications Manager
Office: (02) 8569 1144