Film and movie distributor compares iiNet to a faulty car that kills people.
By Tim Colwill on June 26, 2014 at 5:19 pm
Village Roadshow co-CEO Graham Burke has used an interview with CNET Australia to outline his stunning vision of a completely backwards world in which you, the user, are somehow completely free from blame if you pirate a movie or TV show.
So whose fault is it, then? It’s your ISP’s fault, says Burke.
“iiNet are selling a car which happens to kill people on the roads, so they should be paying towards that,” said Burke, electing to use a metaphor which made literally zero sense and had no relation to how the world actually works.
“It’s the car that’s faulty. In this instance it’s the fault of the car, not the driver.”
Describing iiNet’s recent very reasonable and accurate summary of the problem with piracy in Australia as “lies”, Burke claimed that iiNet’s COO Steve Dalby was “continuing to distort the picture when he clearly knows otherwise”.
Burke’s allegations are despite the reality that ISPs, like iiNet, actually lose money the more users download, making it farcical to suggest that ISPs somehow enjoy or profit from illegal actions of their users.
iiNet has a strong, open and very reasonable position on piracy: we don’t want you to do it. In 2012, Village Roadshow and other companies in the AFACT partnership were defeated in court by iiNet, establishing in law that users were responsible for what they did with their internet connections.
You know, like how drivers are legally responsible for what they do with their cars, not car manufacturers.
This latest claim comes as the government is consulting with bodies like Village Roadshow about new “three strikes” piracy laws, which we here at iiNet have warned are not going to work and will cost millions.