AUSTRALIAN web host is suing a British company that it says was using the service to host its content, saying the British company breached copyright laws.
The Australian company, which is owned by a Canadian company called GlobalWebHosting, is seeking a total of $250 million in damages, according to court documents.
The case is expected to be heard in April 2018.
In a statement, GlobalWebSponsors chief executive Chris Tambellini said the British firm “sought to exploit” Australian law to profit from its content.
“The Australian Government has been clear that hosting is not copyright infringement and that it will not seek to seek to recover the costs of hosting from hosting providers who have breached Australian copyright law,” he said.
“GlobalWebHosts is proud to be a member of GlobalWeb, which stands up for the rights of all Australians.”
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) said it had received the case, which involves “copyright infringement on a scale never before experienced”.
“The AFP has made it clear that it would not tolerate criminal behaviour on the internet, and that the use of copyright infringing content is a serious offence,” it said in a statement.
“We urge the company to immediately cease all criminal activity and cease any further use of the services.”
This type of behaviour will not be tolerated.
“It is not the first time Australia has been accused of using the Copyright Act to protect its content in the face of copyright infringement.
In 2015, the Federal Court in Victoria found that Australian law was allowing the Australian Government to “exclude” material from the public domain because it did not “take into account the commercial interest” of internet content providers.
The AFP did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The case will be heard by a judge in Melbourne, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said in its statement.