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ONE of America's biggest anti-piracy companies was too scared to take on Telstra over copyright breaches and instead pursued the smaller iiNet, according to leaked documents published on WikiLeaks.
The Motion Picture Association of America decided against a legal battle with Telstra because they were "the big guns" who had "financial resources and demonstrated willingness to fight hard and dirty, in court and out". The MPAA concealed its involvement in the lawsuit against iiNet. The case was taken instead by Australian counterparts the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft, essentially acting as an agent for the Americans. The WikiLeaks cable showed the MPAA was worried it could be portrayed as “giant American bullies versus little Aussie battlers” if anyone were to learn of its involvement.
I strongly believe the MPAA's lobbying power against copyright infringement could lead to an internet police in Australia where ISPs would be employed to root out 'copyright infringers' who simply download them to add to their personal video collections.