Communications Alliance files Online Copyright Submissions

Communications Alliance has today filed submissions seeking leave from the High Court of Australia to intervene as amicus curiae (friend of the Court) in the Roadshow Films v iiNet Limited case, concerning online copyright.

As the primary industry body for the telecommunications sector, Communications Alliance acted because the High Court's deliberation in the iiNet case has far-reaching implications for all Australian internet users and for all internet service providers (ISPs) in Australia.

Communications Alliance CEO John Stanton said the Communications Alliance submissions discuss matters of principle and introduce additional arguments around such issues as what does or does not constitute "authorisation" by an ISP of copyright infringement committed by a customer of that ISP.  They also explore what should constitute "reasonable steps" on the part of ISPs to prevent their customers using internet access to infringe copyright.

A copy of the Communications Alliance submissions will be available on the High Court’s website after they are filed.



Communications Alliance is the primary telecommunications industry body in Australia. Its membership is drawn from a wide cross-section of the communications industry, including carriers, carriage and internet service providers, content providers, search engines, equipment vendors, IT companies, consultants and business groups.

Its vision is to provide a unified voice for the telecommunications industry and to lead it into the next generation of converging networks, technologies and services. The prime mission of Communications Alliance is to promote the growth of the Australian communications industry and the protection of consumer interests by fostering the highest standards of business ethics and behaviour through industry self-governance. For more details about Communications Alliance, see

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