Two significant copyright cases are being fought through Australia’s courts right now — both now heading for the High Court.
One relates to the applicability of copyright to databases, with Telstra arguing that their Yelow and White Pages should be subject to copyright protection. The other is between AFACT, representing movie studios, and internet service provider iiNet. AFACT argues that iiNet has not done enough to prevent copyright contravention on its network.
In today’s programme I talk to the Honorable Dr Kevin Edmund Lindgren, who was a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia for 16 years, retiring last year. He was also President of the Copyright Tribunal of Australia from 2000 to 2007. I caught up with him last week at a Lexis Nexis celebration of 100 years of legal publishing in Australia.
He discusses the issues around these cases and I ask whether we can expect a law designed in the sixties to still be applicable in an Internet influenced world?