Film industry loses landmark piracy case Â Â * By staff writers Â Â * From: news.com.au Â Â * February 04, 2010 10:41AM http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/breaking-news/film-industry-loses-landmark-piracy-case/story-e6freuyi-1225826647748 INTERNET service provider iiNet has won a major legal battle over whether it should be held responsible for its customers downloading content illegally. The case, against the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft, could have had major implications for the way internet providers police their users. If AFACT had won, providers would likely have been forced to penalise or disconnect users who illegally downloaded copyrighted material such as movies and songs. However Federal Court judge Justice Dennis Cowdroy today found iiNet was not responsible for the infringements of its users. "It is impossible to conclude that iiNet has authorised copyright infringement... (it) did not have relevant power to prevent infringements occurring," Justice Cowdroy said in his judgment. Justice Cowdroy recommended the application be dismissed and that AFACT pay the court costs.