Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/06/27/sysadmins_sued/

Music biz goes after sys admins

First they came for the children...now it's getting serious

By John Oates

Posted in Media, 27th June 2005 10:42 GMT

Two systems administrators in Australia are facing legal action from the music industry for allegedly allowing their network to be used to exchange music files via a BitTorrent hub.

The two worked for an ISP and the court originally found their actions did not exceed their employment - this has now been overturned.

Swiftel employees Melissa Ong and Ryan Briggs are accused of turning a blind eye to peer-to-peer activity on the network and of treating "infringement notices like spam".

Lawyers for the ISP said customers were responsible for the BiTorrent hub. One customer has already settled claims that he was responsible for running "Archie's hub". The judge ordered Swiftel to produce backup data. The trial is expected to start in October.

More details on ZDNet Australia here.®

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