Aussie BitTorrent case to test Aust-US FTA

By Kristyn Maslog-Levis, ZDNet Australia

A federal magistrate today rejected a request from solicitors representing Internet service provider Swiftel Communications and associated parties to move a court case over alleged copyright infringement to the Federal Court.

Warner Music Australia and other record companies are suing the ISP for copyright infringement for allegedly hosting and maintaining two Internet computer servers (referred to as "Torrent Webpages") and a Web site called Archie's Hub which deploys the BitTorrent application.

The case is the first to test legislation passed to enact the Australian-United States Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA). The agreement was implemented in January 1, 2005.,2000061791,39184796,00.htm