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Australian Court: ISP Not Liable for Copyright Infringement

With thanks to Roberto Colon for passing this along to me, a federal court judge in Australia has held that an ISP is not liable for copyright infringements of its users.  Full story here and here.  The Australian copyright test for secondary liability is different from that in the U.S. and relies on a concept of “authorization”.  This means in effect, or at least the court held, that third parties like an ISP are not obliged to protect copyrights in the same way that they may be under some of the American tests for secondary liability.