Media release

iiNet remains confident ahead of High Court hearing

29 November 2011 - iiNet Chief Executive Officer Michael Malone said he was confident the High Court would reaffirm and strengthen the Federal Court's earlier judgments clearing the company of copyright breaches.

Mr Malone made his comments in advance of the commencement of the High Court hearings in Canberra starting on Wednesday 30 November.

Mr Malone said he remained very confident of iiNet's legal position.

"We go into this latest legal round anticipating our successes in Federal Court in February 2010 and 2011 will be reaffirmed by the High Court," Mr Malone said.

"Those judgments demonstrated that the allegations against us were proven to be unfounded.

"iiNet has never in any way supported or encouraged breaches of the law, including breaches of the Copyright Act.

Mr Malone again urged the film industry to increase lawful online content in a more timely, affordable and competitively priced manner as the best method to protect content owners copyright.

He said iiNet continues to stand ready to work with the movie and internet industry to develop, implement and promote new approaches as well as implementing a commonsense, effective and appropriate scheme to protect copyright, educate consumers and change infringing behaviour.

The High Court hearing will commence at 10:15am on 30 November and continue on 1-2 December in Court Room No 1.

iiNet are represented by Herbert Geer Lawyers. Counsel for iiNet are Richard Cobden SC, Richard Lancaster SC and Chris Burgess.

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About iiNet 

iiNet is Australia's second largest DSL Internet Service Provider (ISP) and the leading challenger in the telecommunications market. We employ more than 2000 inquisitive staff across four countries and support over 1.3 million broadband, telephony and Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) services nationwide.

We're a publicly listed company and we maintain our own super-fast broadband network. Our vision is to lead the market with products that harness the potential of the Internet and then differentiate with award-winning customer service.

To achieve this, we employ creative thinkers and true advocates of technology. Our people are a huge part of the iiNet success story, so we've developed a unique and stimulating work culture to ensure they remain engaged and inspired.

A lot has changed since our CEO founded iiNet in a suburban garage back in 1993 and the broadband landscape continues to evolve. What hasn't changed is our passion for the transformative benefits of the Internet and our commitment to helping Australians connect better.