Rather than lashing out at the movie studios for wasting a year of iiNet's time, managing director Michael Malone has offered a peace deal.
If you thought iiNet might be a bit cocky after today's monumental win against the movie and TV studios, you would be wrong.
Speaking on the steps of the Federal Court today, iiNet Managing Director Michael Malone (pictured) said he was happy with being exonerated from the charge of "authorising" the copyright infringement of iiNet customers, but called for movie studios to work with him on providing legal sales of movies and TV shows to iiNet customers.
"We're delighted with the result, obviously [...] but the most important thing is that we'd now like to find a way to engage with the movie studios and other rights holders to see if we can find a way to get this stuff legitimately online."
Malone said the case would set a precedent for ISPs all over the world -- "Justice Cowdroy said that ISPs do not have a positive obligation to stop copyright [infringement] on their network", though he noted that the case was relevant specifically to Australian law.
"That said, I think the best way to stop copyright violations -- it doesn't help iiNet either -- is to get that stuff legitimately available to customers."
He was even gracious in victory, acknowledging that the movie studios had a legitimate complaint. "There are customers out there, not just in Australia but all over the world, that are copying their material, so it is not unreasonable for them to seek ways to stop that. But in our view this wasn't the proper way to do that. The best way is to make the material legitimately available."